Supercars coming for auction are nothing new, especially rare limited editions. However a Supercar minus an engine, interior and any running gear is unusual, even more so when it’s a concept by a car maker no longer with us.
That’s exactly the case with this stunning concept which will be available at RM Sotheby’s next month.
Called the Nuova Pantera or the Pantera 2000, and it was designed by the inimitable Marcello Gandini – the same talent who penned the Lamborghini Countach, Lancia Stratos and Alfa Romeo Montreal to name a few.
De Tomaso was already well acquainted with Gandini, whom he had hired to revise the original Pantera in 1991, pen the Mangusta (eventually made by Qvale), and design several Maseratis and Innocentis during De Tomaso’s stewardship of those marques as well.
The Pantera concept was shown to a crowd of 500 gathered for the automaker’s 40th anniversary celebration in 1999, then disappeared into obscurity. One of two prototypes made and the only known survivor, its design was said to have influenced the Bugatti Veyron’s, and you can see a certain similarity to the profile and rear.
This Supercar only being a concept is going to be one purely for display, as missing it’s engine and other components it won’t be setting any records round the Nürburgring. It is however a reminder of what a fantastic carmaker DeTomaso was, maybe one day as happened with Bugatti, somebody (or a car company) will pick up the gauntlet and run with DeTomaso once more.
*excerts courtesy carscoops