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IEDEI Investigation! Pantera?

So back in 2007 and 2008, there was a mystery supercar being spotted around the UK——people thought it was a Lotus or a McLaren prototype.  I remember reading that it was the next generation Esprit, the early working prototype of the MP12, and even heard Noble being thrown around.

speculation:

http://www.autoblog.com/2007/10/05/mystery-supercar-may-be-all-new-lotus-codenamed-project-eagle/

http://www.egmcartech.com/2007/09/28/spy-shots-mystery-supercar-is-it-a-lotus-esprit-mclaren-or-noble/

Eventually, some people decided that it was some obscure, unknown supercar known as the “MCE MC1”, which has since dissappeared into nowhereland.  Here’s the original article Car published on the matter:

http://www.carmagazine.co.uk/News/Search-Results/First-Official-Pictures/MCE-MC1-supercar/

pics from that time:

So i had forgotten about this car—–even though they ‘claimed’ it was something called the  “Spectre” or “MCE”.

Yesterday, my friend Ron Southern, who is a fellow Audi TT owner and a De Tomaso Pantera owner and enthusiast, showed me this.  THE SAME car exiting the grounds of the De Tomaso factory!  Could it be that this is after all the ‘new’ De Tomaso Pantera? It certainly looks 100% the same as the 2007 car which was mysteriously being spotted around town.  This video was uploaded on YouTube May 2nd, 2011.

Video:

So it seems that either that is a new Pantera OR a car that is being evaluated by the newly resurrected De Tomaso as a possible base for a Pantera.


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supercar of the day. Mangusta.

one of the most evil, rare, influential, and fascinating supercars ever….the DeTomaso Mangusta (1966-1971)


401 Mangustas were built, about 200 of the european version, with 4 headlamps and Ford 289 Cu.In. engine, and the rest are USA version, with 2 “pop up” headlamps and less powerful Ford 302 engines. One car was built with Chevrolet engine. There are reported to be fewer than 120 left in existence, according to the 2 available registry databases.

more information on the Mangusta: http://www.mangustainternational.com/home.php

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the stunning Iso Grifo.

The most famous italian car driven with american balls was the DeTomaso Pantera (imo), however this must be one of the most beautiful; the Iso Grifo.  Produced between 1963 and 1974, and under the beautiful shell lies a heart of pure american muscle.  Corvette V8s ranging from 300 to 350hp.  This is as beautiful as any Maserati or Ferrari of the 60s or 70s, in my opinion—and was fast as hell as well.  In the 70s, the top speed of this badass was documented as 171 mph.

They’re rare as hell now, and are starting to fetch more and more money…but that won’t stop me from posting a few choice photos of the car i’m talking about now will it!

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