2013 SEMA Show: De Tomaso Pantera by Ringbrothers

Article by Christian A., on November 8, 2013

Ringbrothers (a custom vehicle builder and billet parts manufacturer) unveiled the ADRNLN, a re-imagining of the Pantera, at the 2013 SEMA Show. It was built together with the innovation skunk works team of Nike. In 1970, the De Tomaso Pantera made its public debut at the New York Motor Show where it attracted a lot of attention. The Pantera featured Italian styling but had the horsepower of an American car. It was stunning as well as incredibly fast. It is powered by a Wegner Motorsports LS3 that delivers a robust 600-horsepower via a ZF five-speed gearbox from Bowler Performance Transmissions. Gear changes are handled by a B&M shifter. A couple of Flowmaster stainless steel mufflers create the famous roar of the Pantera while it runs smoothly due to its use of Royal Purple synthetic oils.

It rides on HRE S101 three-piece forged wheels covered in Nitto Invo tires with stopping power that comes from Baer six-piston calipers at every corner. It comes with subtle design features such as small wheel flares and custom rocker panels with brake cooling ducts to complement the Pantera’s steel monocoque body. It was finished with BASF’s Glasurit 90-Line paint system that gives the signature Ringbrothers appearance.

Lastly, the engine bay got some additional accenting with the help of Hose Candy products. ADRNLN is much more than just having impressive parts and hand-crafted metalwork. Mike and Jim Ring said that the 1971 Pantera that they had worked on was in bad shape. Cancer victim Randy Brickle had owned the car but he died before the shop that was working on the De Tomaso could finish the project. His wife Cheryl felt it was her duty to make her husband’s dream come true. He approached Ringbrothers after she got a referral from a friend to go to them. [source: Ringbrothers]

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