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This 1983 DeTomaso Pantera GTS Was Carroll Shelby’s

Carroll Shelby is legendary as one of the key figures behind the Ford GT40 that won Le Mans and for the Mustangs that he created in conjunction with Ford. Carroll also had his own car collection with some of the rides, like this 1983 DeTomaso Pantera, gifted to him. Carroll Shelby was the one and only owner of this 1983 DeTomaso Pantera.

The car is said to have “largely original” paint and the original interior. It has 4.571 miles on the odometer and is one of only 138 1983 DeTomaso Pantera GTS cars brought to the U.S. that year. It’s also reported to be the last factory red narrow body GTS that was built at the factory.

The beige leather interior looks like a couch out of someone’s living room with tufted leather on the seat cushions and on the doors. The car has a numbers matching 351 cubic-inch Ford V8 engine mated to a manual transmission. Shelby’s 1983 DeTomaso Pantera GTS was well optioned and features air conditioning, leather interior, power brakes, power windows, MOMO steering wheel, 15-inch Campagnolo wheels, and Veglia instrument.

The Pantera sells with lots of documentation including a copy of the insurance card for the car, the 1985 EPA compliance test, and a Shelby Vehicle Authenticity Certificate. That last bit proves that the car was owned by Carroll Shelby. The car was recently serviced and is said to be in excellent condition.

Early Pantera models could be purchased through Lincoln-Mercury dealers, but they were dropped from the line in 1974 due to emissions. The Pantera continued to be produced through 1992. This 1983 DeTomaso Pantera GTS is available for purchase for $249,900. Check out this 1985 Pantera GT5.

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Source: Hemmings

Shane is a car guy with a fondness for Mustangs and off-roading.

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