The Panthera Concept is a rétro-styled interpretation of the original 1970’s Tom Tjaarda designed De Tomaso Pantera sportscar. The creater is German 3D designer Stefan Schulze.
Stefan Schulze won in 2004 the Peugeot Design Contest with the Peugeot 4002 Concept and he has recently presented his Vector W8-derived Tribun Concept. Currently Stefan Schulze runs First Signal, a 3D and graphic design agency.
The Pantera, a mid-engine Italian sports car equipped with a Ford V8 produced from 1971 through 1996, can be considered as the symbol of De Tomaso. It was developed in partnership with Ford, which aimed at creating a rival for the GM’s Corvette. Most people that nowadays dream of having a De Tomaso Pantera must wait for a used one to reach the market. If any does get there, prices could be as high as US$ 100,000.
But what if you could have a modern version of this iconic De Tomaso, built over a reliable and fast structure, such as the Lamborghini Gallardo’s? Well, if designer Stefan Schulze manages to sell his idea to any investor, you might be able to do buy your Panthera (with an H) someday.
Renderings of the talented German designer Stefan Schulze, you see here are a design proposal for a modern day De Tomaso Pantera.
Just to put some Italian genes in the project, Schulze says the retro styled Pantera is based on the Lamborghini Gallardo platform. Looks quite nice overall, though we would have preferred it if Schulze avoided the Ford GT40 hints up front and the Lamborghini Miura styling elements in the rear end.
The De Tomaso Panthera Concept, is like we said a project based on the Lamborghini Gallardo’s platform, or else, it would have a V10 engine, 4WD system and a unique style, what would make this machine an easy target for (very) wealthy buyers that want an exclusive piece of machinery. And, as we all know, they are not so few.
The sad part is that, with a Lamborghini Gallardo platform, the Panthera would cost much more than the original vehicle. And, considering the inherited capabilities this car would have, the additional price would be worth it. A lot!
Come into the beautiful world of Stefan Schulze,