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I think I read somewhere that Ford was unhappy that they were not getting any recognition on the car, so they made Alejandro install the "Power By Ford" emblem. Based on what Panterapatt contributed about s/n 1744, the Ford emblem may have been installed on vehicles even before Ford took over. Alejandro may have been using his emblem on all the European cars all along. It would be interesting to know if any of the early U.S. cars had Alejandro's emblem before they made hin change over, as Larry suggests, or if there was no emblem at all as seen in some of the early advertisements. The fact that the holes are located behind the brace make it difficult to prove the latter, and explain why they are mounted with push-ins, and not with studs and nuts.

I am not following.  Ford bought an 80% controlling stake in DeTomaso from Rowan Industries and Alesandro himself in 1970 (at least that is what all the historians have said).  Panteras were not produced until 1971, all of which was under Ford's control from day one.  Ford sold back their interest in 1974.  I looked at the ProvaMO registry and the 4th earliest car there (s/n 1388) has POWERED by Ford emblem on it.  So I would conclude they ALL had it and those with something else were put on after by some owner, just like many of the little DeTomaso badges that seem to show up on some cars.

For those unaware and sadly, Amory Haskell and his brother in law, John Corson died in a plane crash in March of 1970 - before the Pantera every made it into production.  Amory and Carson ran Rowan Industries.  Amory's sister was Isabella Detomaso and the connection to how DeTomaso got his money to fund the business.  I guess it was good to be an heir to the DuPont fortune.

Mike Drew is of the opinion the De Tomaso V8 emblem was just on non-Ford cars.

This is one of those questions that the literature will not confirm one way or the other. Best confirmation will be coming from original owners. All other cars have 50 years of unknown history and who knows what a previous owner may have installed.


Again, very interesting. Shows that Alejandro didn't necessarily burden his European deliveries with the U.S. mandated features. Larry is probably correct in that the Europeans could have them manufactured any way they wanted. "Semi-custom" so to speak. I wonder if any of the European model engines deviated from the open chamber low compression U.S. models.

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