Wrong, and I'll prove it.
The true heart of the Pantera is not its chassis, but its powerplant. That, of course, is the Ford Cleveland V-8.
The first smallblock, not flathead, V-8 was the 1962 221 c.i. version. It was installed in the Fairlane.
quote - The first Ford small block was introduced in the new intermediate size Fairlane in 1962. It was designed to be a weight saving power plant with thin cast iron walls. Weighing in at 450 pounds, it was hundreds of pounds lighter than the big block motors. The first small block was a 221 cubic inch motor. The two barrel version was rated at 216 gross horsepower with 8.7:1 compression. - quote
Thus, our Panteras are most certainly not lineage of some silly little Europa, but instead owe their hertitage to the venerable Ford Fairlane.
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