Random Pantera Trivia!

(by Matt Hannes)

A Pantera team participated in the second season of Speed TV's reality show "Bull Run." They didn't do very well.

Elvis Presley owned a Pantera. It is famous for having a bullet hole in it where The King shot it one day when it wouldn't start.  It's in the Petersen Auto Museum now.

A black Pantera was featured in the movie Fast Five (2011). It's seen briefly in the first 20 minutes of the film - after which there isn't much point in watching.

A yellow Pantera was featured prominently in the movie Cannonball (1976). It is one of the few movies where it could be said that a Pantera had a starring role.

Another yellow Pantera had a large role in the movie Banzai Runner (1987). 

You can see some good shots of an original early '71 Pantera in The Honkers (1972).  It's pretty out-of-place in this rodeo film, but there's a fair amount of scenes with the Pantera. 

A Pantera placed 4th in the real-life (and very illegal) 1972 "Cannonball" coast-to-coast road race. The Pantera's elapsed time was 38 hours and 2 minutes.

Two Panteras were featured in the "Death Race on Tantalus Mountain" episode of Hawaii Five-O (1972). If you're a fan of 1970s TV shows, keep your eyes open for random Pantera appearances. I've seen Panteras in background shots in episodes of Chips, Columbo, Rockford Files, and I'm sure there's others.

Panteras were present in both the original and the re-make versions of the Gone In 60 Seconds films. There's actually two in the original movie and one in the re-make (shown briefly in the background at the dock).  In both movies, the stolen cars were assigned female code names. The Pantera's name was Kate. 

In the Disney movie Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977), one of Herbie's racing adversaries is a black Pantera. Even as a kid, no amount of Disney fantasy could ever convince me that a VW bug could out-race a Pantera.

Motley Crüe vocalist Vince Neil's infamous 1984 DUI crash was in a Pantera.

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