1971 De Tomaso Pantera wins the latest stop on the Hot Wheels Legends Tour.
The Hot Wheels Legends Tour made its much-anticipated stop in the Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) area. It brought a mesmerizing array of custom vehicles, setting the automotive world on fire. As a judge at this exciting event for the fourth time, I had the honor of helping select a truly exceptional car. What we selected embodies the spirit of Hot Wheels – a 1971 Racing-inspired De Tomaso Pantera, masterfully crafted by Dave Adelman of Dallas, Texas.
Authenticity, Creativity, and Garage Spirit.
The Hot Wheels Legends Tour is a global quest to unearth the most amazing custom cars. It offers the ultimate prize, the opportunity for a vehicle to be made into a Hot Wheels model. At each stop, a panel of judges sifts through an impressive array of builds. They are seeking that one unique gem that encapsulates the essence of Hot Wheels. Beyond the custom cars on display, the Legends Tour also introduces exclusive collectibles, drawing attendees with rare treasures.
Dave Adelman’s 1971 De Tomaso Pantera instantly caught our attention.
Inspired by the iconic Group 4 race cars of the 1970s, Dave’s Pantera is a brilliant build rather than a mere replica. He infused modern elements into the design, seamlessly integrating wheel arch flares and contemporary headlights. The deletion of exterior door handles adds to its sleek aesthetic. The blue paint with white accents lends an extra layer of sophistication. But this Pantera isn’t just about appearances; it boasts a roll cage, making it eligible for vintage racing, staying true to its racing-inspired roots.
Step inside, and you’ll discover a blend of classic and modern.
The bucket seats, aftermarket two-spoke steering wheel, and an array of gauges create an attractive and functional interior. Upholstery and carbon fiber trim updates pay homage to the popular resto-modding trend, creating the perfect balance between heritage and innovation.
Under the hood, Dave Adelman’s modifications reach new heights. Swapping out the stock motor for a GM-sourced 7.0-liter LS7 engine. It elevates this Pantera to a whole new level of performance. With 505 horsepower, thanks to enhancements like a Harrop Engineering intake system and custom headers, this Pantera promises thrilling rides. The power is harnessed through a five-speed manual transmission borrowed from a Porsche 911, and Wilwood brakes ensure that all this power can be controlled with confidence.
Dave Adelman’s 1971 Racing-inspired De Tomaso Pantera is a testament to custom car enthusiasts’ dedication, creativity, and passion. It’s not just a car; it’s a work of art. This car is a tribute to the glorious days of motorsport. Now, thanks to the Hot Wheels Legends Tour, a potential future collectible cherished by car lovers young and old. This event in Dallas/DFW spotlighted incredible vehicles and the enduring allure of the Hot Wheels brand. The tour brings together families and fans to celebrate the coolest cars in the world. Learn More.