The Return of the De Tomaso Pantera?

De Tomaso Pantera Concept

Legendary Italian carmaker De Tomaso, which has struggled for quite sometime now, continues to catch our attention, this time with a newly surfaced video that appears to be a possible Pantera concept car.

At March’s 2011 Geneva Motor Show, a rejuvenated De Tomaso, now run by former Fiat exec Gian Mario Rossignolo and his family, presented the controversial SLS luxury crossover concept and announced production of not just one but three distinct new models.

Now, spotted outside De Tomaso’s plant in Grugliasco, just outside of Turin, Italy, is this mysterious prototype of a sports car with mid-engine proportions and a screaming V-8 engine. The original De Tomaso Pantera, designed by Tom Tjaarda for Ghia, was produced from 1971 to 1974. It was fitted with a Ford-sourced V8 engine and by most accounts the sports car was a success for De Tomaso. There’s no word on what engine the newest Pantera will get, but judging by the deep exhaust note from the video.

If the car in the video is indeed the new Pantera, it looks to be more promising (and exciting) than the concept De Tomaso SLC/Deauville luxury crossover concept that was featured at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. If you look closely at the video clip of the Deauville, you can clearly see ‘De Tomaso’ on the side of the building courtyard the vehicle is exiting, and comparing it to the alleged Pantera video, it’s also obvious it’s the same location.

So it’s safe to assume the sports car prototype is definitely a De Tomaso of some sort, if not a revival of the storied Pantera moniker. This modern-day De Tomaso Pantera could be revealed as early as this November’s 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.