The Pantera is what the Pantera is, the Pantera.
It is one step short of the "true Italian" GT's, it doesn't have a DeTomaso powerplant.
Detomaso indeed cut his own throat when he decided on an American power plant. That is just plain against the Laws of Mankind. (Yeah right)
And of all engines to put in it, a Ford! OMG!
I for one embrace the Pantera. It's some kinda wierd bastard, just like me.
And as far as what the "real I-talians" think, you don't wanna know what I think.