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De Tomaso 7X Montella

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The De Tomaso 7X Montella by Carrozzeria Ghia.

Vehicle Overview

The De Tomaso 7X Montella emerged in 1973 as a prototype intended to serve as the new iteration of the Pantera, designated the Pantera II 7X. However, shifting American road regulations posed a formidable challenge, necessitating a reimagining of the iconic Pantera to comply with new standards and maintain its foothold in the crucial US market. Spearheaded by renowned designer Tom Tjaarda and executed by Carrozzeria Ghia, the 7X Montella made its debut at prominent automotive showcases in the spring of 1974, gracing the stages of the Detroit, Chicago, and Los Angeles motor shows. Despite its promising inception, the collaboration between De Tomaso and Ford, pivotal for the Pantera’s success, came to an abrupt end later that year. Consequently, the fate of the 7X Montella took an unexpected turn as the prototype found itself in the hands of a private buyer. Undergoing subsequent modifications overseen by Carrozzeria Ghia, the prototype underwent a transformation, earning the new moniker “Montella.” Intriguingly, recent efforts in restoration have meticulously revived the original essence of the 1973 prototype, meticulously reinstating its distinctive shapes and features. This meticulous restoration not only honors the legacy of the De Tomaso 7X Montella but also preserves a significant chapter in automotive design and innovation. Through its tumultuous journey from concept car to private ownership and subsequent restoration, the De Tomaso 7X Montella stands as a testament to the resilience and adaptability of automotive engineering. Its story embodies the intricate interplay between regulation, design, and market dynamics that shape the evolution of iconic vehicles. Today, the restored De Tomaso 7X Montella, part of the presticious and famous Lopresto Collection, serves as a living artifact, capturing the spirit of an era and the ingenuity of its creators for enthusiasts and historians alike to appreciate and admire.

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Photos courtesy of Lopresto Collection

Technical Specifications

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    1973
  • Make
    De Tomaso
  • Model
    Montella
  • Coachbuilder
    Ghia
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