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Any Pantera owners out there with a 7173?
#1
I was reading the recent Road and Track magazine. There is a page about vintage super cars and expectations being let down because they really aren't the cars you thought they were when you were young drooling over car magazines. Or now drooling over car magazines for that matter! I'm wondering if any owners of 7173 Mustangs also own a Pantera.
If so how does the Pantera stack up against a 7173 with the 351 C?
Handling, driving dynamic etc?
I'd love to own a Pantera. Am I thinking a vintage Pantera (74 and older) is way more of a super car than it really is?
Keep in mind I'm 33 and born well after the muscle car days and glory days of the Pantera. I've also never sat in one or driven one.
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#2
I once owned a Pantera for a short while...bought from my brother-in-law, got a sweet-heart deal on it.
It is much faster than a like-engined Mustang, and handles better for the most part, but is extremely twitchy and unforgiving at the limit.
Owning and driving a Pantera is like jacked-up sex with a gorgeous hooker...just plain wrong on so many levels, but awesomely right on a couple.
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#3
I have a friend who owns a Pantera with a 351 stroked to 427 cui.
It's a great car, really fast and handles like a go cart but it is so small inside. I can hardly get in and when I finally sit in the driver chair, I can't get my feet on the pedals. I can't lift my feet off the floor pans because the steering wheels pins them down. I can only keep my feet under the pedals which, of course, makes it impossible for me to drive. I'm 5.8 weighing 95 kilos, so I'm neither particularly big or small.
I sat in a few other Panteras and they are all slightly different when it comes to seat position. It seems that there are replacement floor boards that will alter your position so you have more room but it will still be a tight fit.
I love the Pantera and I think it's one of the most gorgeous cars ever built but I don't think I'd actually want to own one.

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#4
I don't own 1. They look awesome, sound awesome but if you are over 6ft like me forget it the interiors are tiny. Those in the know will tell you they bite when pushed too the edge. Still if that's what you want you need to check it out and see if you can live with it

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#5
Italian design and Ford V8. How could you possibly beat that combo?!?

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luxstang;189321 Wrote:I have a friend who owns a Pantera with a 351 stroked to 427 cui.
It's a great car, really fast and handles like a go cart but it is so small inside. I can hardly get in and when I finally sit in the driver chair, I can't get my feet on the pedals. I can't lift my feet off the floor pans because the steering wheels pins them down. I can only keep my feet under the pedals which, of course, makes it impossible for me to drive. I'm 5.8 weighing 95 kilos, so I'm neither particularly big or small.
I sat in a few other Panteras and they are all slightly different when it comes to seat position. It seems that there are replacement floor boards that will alter your position so you have more room but it will still be a tight fit.
I love the Pantera and I think it's one of the most gorgeous cars ever built but I don't think I'd actually want to own one.

So that means someone 2.15 meters could never fit in one of these?
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#7
Lux is right: Your feet are in a space so small it is like sticking your legs into long tubes to reach the pedals, which are disturbingly offset to the left by the wide trans tunnel.
I am 6'3" and when I was younger, I weighed a lot less (220 lbs) and it was difficult to drive then.
Today I am 350 lbs, fused back and replaced hips. I would NEVER be able to get in a Pantera now!

But they still look and sound as sweet as any exotic car ever could!
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#8
I have always wanted to own one, I had a chance to sit in one once, and I'm a big guy (6' tall 270#), it was an instant "NO WAY I DON"T FIT!!!" I felt like I was stuck in a small box.
but they are really nice..

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#9
I'm 5'8 (1,79) and weigh 95 kilos and I don't fit.

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#10
They are small...Some of my old super hero's " pantera's and ac cobra's" I figured out i was too big to fit in..Only one i think i can slightly fit in is a shelby daytona..I love the idea of a mid engine ford thou " drools" Nothing beats a mid engine car for handling...They even tried to make a mid engine vett that looked really awesome for a chevy.
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