Elvis Presley, who had a passion for both cars and guns, shot this Pantera with his personal firearm during a temperamental outburst, losing patience when the car would not start. The two bullet holes on the steering wheel rim and one in the floor pan were never repaired and today serve as reminders of his occasional fits of rage.
Elvis bought this Pantera on the used car market for $2,400 in 1974 for his then-girlfriend, actress Linda Thompson. Although its mid-engine configuration qualified it for exotic car status, the De Tomaso Pantera cost far less that a comparable Ferrari or Lamborghini because of its relatively inexpensive, but no less potent, Ford engine.
Photographed at the Amazing Automobiles Exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.
Lambo 2005 Gallardo Engine Lid Desk with Red Lambo Caliper Lamp and Lambo Gallardo Wheel Table, All By Joe Mac Designs (All Photos by Gail)
A few days ago, you might have noticed the bitchen Ferrari Art Car posted here on The Gig after we immortalized it with the help of auto glass specialists in Sewell on the Blogosphere in honor of the opening reception of the Strada Veloce (“Fast Street”) group exhibit up now at the Dorian Grey Gallery. While the car was just making a drive by, so to speak, you still have until October 5th to see this exhibit’s eclectic assortment of custom home furnishings designed around various luxury car parts, as well as a selection of fine oil paintings of status symbol automobiles!
Detail of Table Seen in Above Photo
Here are a few of our favorite pieces from the show!
Lambo Chair, authentic wood shipping crates upholstered in Cowhide. Lambo Murcielago Verde Ithaca Calper Lamp in Green. Ferrari 456 Rossa Corsa Table in Red (Joe Mac Designs).
Small Porsche Exhaust Lamp on Lambo Gallardo Wheel Table in Verde Ithaca Green.
Lusso Painting By Stephen Lack (Wall) with Porsche Exhaust Lamp atop Lambo Wood Shipping Crate Console Cabinet.
Love Vandal, Spray Painted Ferrari Hood by Nick Walker.
Floc U, Spray Enamel on Fabric Settee By Meres/Flock Design House.
Yellow Ferrari By Stephen Lack
Red Testarossa By Stephen Lack
Silver and Blue Ferrari By Stephen Lack
And if you missed it at the opening, there is a scale model of John “CRASH” Matos’ Ferrari Art Car on display in the front window!
Strada Veloce will be on exhibit at Dorian Grey Gallery, Located at 437 East 9th Street (Between Ave A and 1st Ave) until October 5th, 2014.