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Bertone Panther

The Bertone Panther prototype.

Vehicle Overview

The Bertone Panther was commissioned by Italian entrepreneur Alfredo Belponer and his racing team, Scuderia Brescia Corse, founded in 1964. The team had competed in the World Sports Car Championship with cars like the Ford GT40, Dino, and Porsche 906 until 1967. For the 1968 season, a new project was initiated in response to the three-liter displacement limit for Group 6 prototypes, similar to Formula 1 regulations. The northern Italian racing community decided to develop their own vehicle and tasked Carrozzeria Bertone with its creation in 1967. The envisioned engine options included a 3-liter Formula 1 V12 from BRM or Maserati, with a gas turbine also considered. The engineering project was led by Giorgio Valentini, with support from racing driver Umberto Maglioli. After 1570 hours of work and based on 500 drawings, they produced a closed two-seater with a state-of-the-art monocoque chassis. The aluminium panels were bonded using an innovative method that required freezing the bonding agent and conducting the process in a vacuum chamber, foreshadowing the carbon fiber chassis techniques of the 1980s. The car featured a hydraulically controlled spoiler above the cockpit and advanced solutions like sophisticated suspension geometry and a 24-volt electrical system. Bertone collaborated with specialized companies Fibroresina and Viberti to develop the plastic bodywork. However, the high costs of development meant the Panther presented at the 1968 Geneva Motor Show lacked an engine. Scuderia Brescia Corse intended to compete in a full European season with the Panther and planned to build six units, but financial constraints halted the project. The car remained a one-off and stayed with Maglioli, who had heavily invested in it. Maglioli eventually sold the car to Swiss designer Franco Sbarro, who aimed to produce a small series for the road. Sbarro modified the chassis, designed a roadworthy interior, removed the wing, renamed the car “Tiger,” and installed a 6.3-liter V8 engine from Mercedes-Benz. The car was showcased at the 1973 Geneva Motor Show, with plans to produce 15 units and three orders already placed. A brochure offered additional engine options, including V8s from Ford, Chevrolet, and Chrysler. However, production stalled because Sbarro did not receive the bodywork moulds, leaving the project incomplete.

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Technical Specifications

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    1968
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    Bertone
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    Panther Bertone
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    Bertone
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    Marcello Gandini
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