One thing you can be sure of a Pantera is the creation of two men .. their dream their vision ..good or bad .. he used a Ford engine he could have used any engine and the outcome would have been the same or better.
As compared to the Cobra .. that was the compilation of good ole english craftsmanship and a Chicken farmer who painted the same car 10 different colors and tried to sell it to the big 3. The only reason it sold was because of a deal gone bad between Ford and Ferrari. Ford was determined to beat Ferrari...do you think he was going to try to beat an Italian with and Italian car .. no way.
You want to hear debate about lineage ... on the AC site the debate is the lineage of the same model ... MKI, MKII, MKIII MKIV and the prototype MKV. Who's is more original ... bla bla bla ... boy I'm glad there are no Pantera generations that came after it.
The lineage is Unique to it self and inspired many cars that came after it.