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out marques such as Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, and Porsche. However, after Ford’s decision to stop importation of the car, De Tomaso continued to build several forms of the Pantera for the rest of the world until the final production in 1992. During the 1980’s there were several gray market Panteras imported to the U.S. by the importers of the day. In the twenty plus year production run, De Tomaso made slightly over seven thousand Panteras for the U.S. and world markets. This “Rosso Corsa” colored De Tomaso Pantera you see here is owned by Paul Staskowski of Oriskany Falls. Paul is the second owner of this exotic Italian

produced semi-wedge shaped super sports car. When growing up, Paul was looking through one of his father’s Motor Trend magazines and that’s when he fell in love with the looks of this Italian bred sports car. A boy’s first love, a De Tomaso Pantera, doesn’t get any better than this. Paul’s search for a mostly unmodified Pantera led him around the country as many Panteras of the day were modified. Owners would change and update the carbureted fuel system and

make other engine modifications along with many other modern day mods to make the car go faster and/or louder. Paul wanted a Pantera that was pretty much original, as he is a fan of the “keep it original club.” Paul’s extensive online search brought him to a small exotic dealer outside the Detroit, Michigan area. This particular Pantera was not the first car Paul traveled to check out, however it

This Pantera was delivered in May of 2000, which made Paul Staskowski the proud owner of a classy 1974 Pantera supercar with only 48,000 miles on the clock. APEX 17_Winter2019_KC.indd 28

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