ATS Buys DeTomaso, Future Pantera a Possibility
Recent reports have indicated that ATS Autosport is preparing to revive the brand after buying the rights to the "DeTomaso" name. The full breadth of details of the deal have yet to be announced, but ATS told Autoblog that an announcement of the purchase could come before December with accompanying news of a future run of DeTomaso models in the pipeline.
One such model, and the one that we’re all getting excited about, is the revival of the Pantera. We were teased a few years ago after former Fiat CEO Gianmario Rossignolo purchased the company. But mismanagement of funds and a subsequent legal issue involving Rossignolo scuttled those plans, resulting in DeTomaso filing bankruptcy only a few years after it had seemingly risen from death.
This time, ATS Autosport looks like it’s going to pick up and deliver on all that promise with the purchase of the DeTomaso name. Here’s to hoping that this is for real this time. The Pantera has been out of our lives for too long. It needs to come back, and we’re all waiting with baited breath for it to do so.
Click past the jump to read about the 2012 DeTomaso Pantera
Expectations were high when news broke that the DeTomaso Pantera would make a comeback a few years ago. But nothing came about from it, leaving a lot of us disappointed and disheartened about the tease that never happened.
The Pantera (Italian word for Panther) was a very successful sports car produced by De Tomaso between 1971 to 1991. Since its demise, many people have undoubtedly been dreaming of what a modern day Pantera would look like, and with news that ATS’ purchase of DeTomaso is moving forward, we’re all hoping that the Pantera comes back to life.
Can you imagine what kind of car it’s going to be? Remember, the The original Pantera was powered by a V-8 engine with an output of 330 horsepower. If you can make an estimate on what a current Pantera is going to have under its hood, 600 ponies seem like a fair estimate.
Get it done, ATS Autosport! We’re all rooting for you!