Classic Car Catalogue

De Tomaso 1972

Longchamp - Turin


Several modifications were made for the 1972 model year Panteras. A new 4 Bolt Main Cleveland Engine, also 351 in3, was used with lower compression ratio (from 11:1 to 8.6:1, chiefly to meet US emissions standards and run on lower octane standard fuel) but with more aggressive camshaft timing (in an effort to reclaim some of the power lost through the reduction in compression). Many other engine changes were made, including the use of a factory exhaust header. The "Lusso" (luxury) Pantera L was also introduced in 1972. It featured large black bumpers for the US market as well as a 248 hp (185 kW) Cleveland engine.



L, GTS, GT4 - March
Gr. 4 - new model










Entries and results:
  24h Le Mans 11.06.1972 Entrant: Results: Index:
#         gen. class   eff.
30 Pantera 5763 cm³ Juncadella/de Baviera Montjuich fail. -   -
31 Pantera 5763 cm³ Müller/Kocher Montjuich fail. -   -
32 Pantera 5763 cm³ Jacquemin/Deprez C.Dubois 16th 2nd GTS over 5.0   9th
33 Pantera 5763 cm³ Chasseuil/Vinatier Franco-Brittanic fail. -   -
73 Pantera 5763 cm³   Brescia Corse dnq -   -

De Tomaso Pantera, engine: Ford 5763 cm³ (Jean-Marie Jacquemin / Yves Deprez) by Claude Dubois at 24h Le Mans.

De Tomaso Pantera, engine: Ford 5763 cm³ (Guy Chasseuil / Jean Vinatier) by Société Franco-Brittanic at 24h Le Mans.