DeTomaso Pantera Gr.3 Protorype

Price: $185000 USD
Country: Belgium
Production date: 1972


Videos and photos at: Of all Gr.3 Panteras ( presumably 34 ), 1070 is definitely the most unique. The Gr.3 Pantera was available by special order from the factory from 1972 through1984 and “1070” was the first one. Being the prototype of the Gr.3 it was built on a leftover push-button chassis and, therefore, is the only existing Gr.3 with a hand-made body as all pre-production Panteras were built by hand before the factory had the assembly line in place. The only noticeable difference were the door handles and that’s why all pre-production hand-made Panteras are called “pulsante” ( push-button ). Chucks registry indicates that: Chassis 1001-1383 were push-buttons – 1001-1285 stayed in europe – 1286-1383 were exported to the US The euro pushbuttons are a little different from the US pushbuttons In addition to being the Gr.3 prototype, 1070 also stands aside as having one of the most intense racing activity of all Gr.3s. The archive of its racing life in Italy is intense and extremely well documented, as you will see below, but not all the results are known to this day and there should be some more room in years to come to complete it. Sold new on March 21, 1972 to “Auto Club Roma Italia” it was registered with plate “Roma KO 9227.” It was sold in 1973 to “Ital Atlantic Express” for their driver Maurizio Micangeli to compete in the Italian sports car championship. In the year 1974, Maurizio Micangeli raced her 7 times with 3 first place finishes. He moved on to a Gr.4 Pantera in 1975 and “1070” was sold to their friend Marco Curti alias “Spiffero.” Spiffero raced her intensively until the end of 1979 when he storaged her as he also bought a Gr.4 ( 2858 ). Within these 5 years he raced her at practically every race taking place in Italy with a couple of 2nd place finished. He also raced her each year at the prestigious 5 day Giro d’Italia where his best result was 10th overall in 1978 behind some great drivers of that era like Markku Allen, Riccardo Patrese, Michelle Mouton, and behind great cars like Porsche 935 Turbo, Lancia Stratos Turbo. Some other races where he took part in that second part of the 70’s were won by drivers like Jacky Ickx, Jochen Mass and many others. Spiffero sold her in the mid 90’s to Dominato Lado who took her to the factory for a complete restoration and changed the color from black to silver black. He took place in many Italian historical races and sold her in 2003 to Lado Niccolo who did the same until selling her in 2005. 1070 has been in Belgium since and is now available for a new home either for a private collection of historic racing cars or to continue her racing career in all the classic events around the world. She is eligible for all the famous ones like the Le Mans Classic ( wich she did in 2002 ), the French Tour Auto or even the new born Giro d’Italia where she should be very welcomed, having done the original one 5 times ! By the way, it’s probably one of very few Italian registered racing cars that is still with its first registration plates. ( if you have an address in Italy, it could stay that way )


Name: eric
Nickname: Ver
Country: Belgium
Phone: +32475819820

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