De Tomaso Pantera (Panther) 1/18 Scale Diecast Metal Model by Kyosho

$ 149.99

 

This model of the Pantera is about 9.25 inches long, 4.25 inches wide and 2.75 inches high. It is highly detailed, with beautiful body paint and accurate markings. Kyosho does very high quality models and this one is not the exception. Headlights are movable, taillights and turn signals are made of separate plastic pieces which makes the whole model look very realistic. Moreover, side mirrors are also made of separate pieces.

 

The front hood of the car can open and it even has a rod to keep it in place. Inside, one can see some mechanical elements (probably the air conditioner compressor, I would guess)

 

Doors can open to reveal a very detailed and accurate interior with some touches of color on parts such as seats, seat belt buckles and even on the instrument panel. The engine located towards the rear of the car is visible through the rear window

 

The back hatch of the car can also open and there is some ratchet/resistance that will keep the hatch in place. Once open (or even though the rear window) the engine's air filter is visible. Inside the car the engine compartment is lined with a velvet insert. The insert can be removed to display a very detailed representation of the engine.  

 

The front wheels have functional steering, if you move the wheels, the steering wheel will move accordingly. The wheels have suspension elements, you can (gently) press the each end downward and sense the suspension pushing upwards.

 

The wheels can roll freely and they are very smooth, so be mindful of where you display this; don't let it roll "down hill" off the shelf or desk.

 

These models are certainly NOT TOYS. If you have young children who will take this for a test drive in the sandbox or try to transform it into a robot, better save yourself some frustration (and money) and wait till they are older (or follow directions).

 

The box measures about 12 inches x 7 inches x 6 inches.

 

The Pantera (Italian for "Panther") was a mid-engined sports car produced by the De Tomaso car company of Italy from 1971 to 1991,[1] the last one being delivered to a customer in 1992.[2] It was the automaker's most popular model, with over 7,000 units produced during its 20-year run.


 

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