The Pantera is maybe one of the coolest sports cars produced by De Tomaso in early 1970s. In Italian, "Pantera" stands for "Panther" and indeed it was like a wild cat. Pantera impressed the world ever since it was unveiled in March 1970 and it shortly became a hit, forcing De Tomaso to increase production to three units a day.
Production of the Pantera stopped in 1991, and since then people have been hoping for its rebirth. However, until that that day comes — if ever — we’ll have to stick to a vehicle specially designed by Ringbrothers for the 2013 SEMA show.
Called "ADRNLN," this custom buggy is basically a re-imagined Pantera with modern technology and developed in cooperation with Nike’s innovation skunk works team.
The new Pantera ADRNLN is stuffed with modern features, like a Wegner Motorsports LS3 engine that delivers 600 horsepower and a ZF five-speed gearbox from Bowler Performance Transmissions. The car sits on HRE forged wheels wrapped in Nitto tires, and a set of Baer brakes with six-piston calipers at each corner do the stopping. The model was built on a steel monocoque body finished by BASF’s Glasurit 90-Line paint system.
This model also has quite a touching history, as it was originally owned by Randy Brickle who was diagnosed with cancer and passed away. His dream was to restore his beloved Pantera, and his wife Cheryl made his dream come true by way of the folks at Ringbrothers.
We’ll bring you more details once the car is officially unveiled.
Click past the jump to read more about the standard De Tomaso Pantera.
De Tomaso unveiled the Pantera at the 1970 New York Auto Show as a replacement for the previous Mangusta. the Pantera was appreciated from the moment it arrived on the market, but it had one "little" problem: it was uncomfortable for for drivers above six-foot tall. Even so, De Tomaso was forced to increase production to three units a day because of huge demand.
The first model was powered by a Ford-sourced, 5.8-liter, V-8 engine that delivered a total of 330 horsepower, which allowed the Pantera to hit a top speed of 159 mph. In 1972, De Tomaso launched the Pantera L, which the automaker specially designed for the American market. It was a little less powerful than the initial model, with just 248 horsepower.
The most powerful Panteras were the last 41 units built: they delivered as much as 550 horsepower.
The De Tomaso Pantera created quite a stir when it made its public debut at the New York Motor Show in 1970. Combining Italian styling with American horsepower, the Pantera was both beautiful to look at and blindingly fast on the road. Now, custom vehicle builder and billet parts manufacturer, Ringbrothers, is poised to once again capture the attention of car enthusiasts worldwide with the 2013 SEMA Show debut of ADRNLN – a re-imagined take on the Pantera designed in collaboration with Nike’s innovation skunk works team.
At the heart of the beast lies a Wegner Motorsports LS3 pumping out a healthy 600-horsepower through a ZF five-speed gearbox from Bowler Performance Transmissions with a B&M shifter handling the gear changes. The Pantera’s signature roar is created by a pair of Flowmaster stainless steel mufflers while Royal Purple synthetic oils keep everything running smoothly. Putting all that power to the ground is the job of a set of HRE forged wheels shod in Nitto tires with stopping power produced by Baer six-piston calipers at each corner. Subtle design cues like small wheel flairs and custom rocker panels with brake cooling ducts adorn the Pantera’s steel monocoque body which is finished off in BASF’s Glasurit 90-Line paint system to deliver the signature Ringbrothers look. Finally, the engine bay gets some added accenting courtesy of products from Hose Candy. But ADRNLN’s story goes deeper than its combination of parts and hand-crafted metalwork.
When Mike and Jim Ring first laid eyes on this particular 1971 Pantera, it was in rough shape. The car belonged to Randy Brickle who was diagnosed with cancer and passed away before the shop working on his beloved De Tomaso could finish the project. After Randy’s passing, his wife Cheryl was determined to build the car her husband had always dreamt of. In search of a shop worthy of making her late husband’s dream a reality, Cheryl was referred by a friend to Ringbrothers.
A chance meeting with Nike’s innovation skunk works design team brought a new direction to the project. Members of the Nike’s design team first met the brothers at the 2012 SEMA Show where they were quickly impressed with Mike and Jim’s level of craftsmanship, handle on materials manipulation, and keen eye for modern product aesthetics. After a trip to the Ringbrothers shop, the Nike’s team of innovators collaborated with the team at Ringbrothers to bring the car to life with an overall design that told the story of the Pantera through its current owner Cheryl and her late husband Randy. Thinking outside of the box, the team of Nike innovators worked with Ringbrothers to design an interior that presented individualized color and material experiences unique to driver and passenger – the driver’s highlighting performance fit and luxury excellence and the passenger’s emphasizing confident simplicity and superior comfort.
ADRNLN will make its official debut at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 in the Royal Purple booth (#23713 in the Central Hall) at the 2013 SEMA Show and will be on display from November 5-8, 2013.