One of the more memorable sequences in the crash-’em-up chase movie, “Fast Five,” involves several high-character, high-dollar exotic cars being pushed, shoved and driven off a moving train. One of the cars used in the sequence is a 1972 De Tomaso Pantera.
The car’s cameo is quick, and it was difficult to figure out whatever happened to it after shooting wrapped. Most of the other cars in the movie were put on display, returned to manufacturers or sold off, it seemed.
Apparently the Pantera went nowhere fast. In fact, it seems that it sat for a good two years on the Universal Studio lot. It finally re-surfaced in August 2013 on eBay. The listing, which had a “Buy It Now” price of $36,500 provided some tantalyzing new information about the Pantera’s role in the movie – including the fact that it had a “stunt double”.
So the auction, it turned out, was actually for two Panteras, not one.
“These two black Panteras were actually used in the filming of an intense action scene and are both still on Universal City Studios California titles!” said the listing by the seller MotoeXotica Classic Cars. (Caveat: “We are in no way affiliated with Universal Studios or the production of the movies; we are simply selling the vehicles from the movie!”)
“These cars are being sold as a PAIR and include both a 1971 DeTomaso Pantera and a 1972 Pantera,” the listing went on to say. “Both cars are currently inoperable. The 1971 Pantera has been completely stripped and has no engine, transmission, interior, electronics, NOTHING! The windows have been spray painted black and it still has the paint tape on the rear deck reading ‘TRAIN.’ It is believed that this Pantera was the one that was yanked from the train onto the flatbed in the action scene.
“The 1972 Pantera does still have an engine and transmission, along with most of its parts included inside the car. Some of the windows are no longer intact. This particular car has 35,837 miles currently shown on the odometer. It is believed that this particular car was used for the driving scene in the desert. This is your opportunity to own a piece of automotive movie history! These two cars could be combined to make one badass DeTomaso Pantera!”
One whole, pristine Pantera (either ’71 or ’72) could be worth $50,000-$75,000 at a classic car auction, according to David Gooding, the principal at the Gooding & Co. auction house.
The movie car looked pretty good on screen. But the chrome rims and other accoutrements vanished by the time it went up on eBay.
Check out the listing here: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Other-Makes-DETOMASO-PANTERA-1971-detomaso-pantera-fast-5-cars-from-a-very-popular-recent-movie-/390632304337?pt=US_Cars_Trucks&hash=item5af37feed1&vxp=mtr
There’s a pretty great gallery of stills from the movie, courtesy of Universal Studios, and plenty of close-ups of what the cars looked like after the filmmakers were done with them.
You just never know what you might find on eBay, eh?
August 4, 2013