Arguably one of the most interesting cars at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction was the Ringbrothers-built 1971 De Tomaso Pantera “ADRNLN.” The yellow Pantera was offered at no reserve Saturday afternoon and the bidding quickly escalated to $300,000, at which point Gas Monkey Garage owner and “Fast ‘N’ Loud” star Richard Rawlings walked away with the keys. In addition to the TV star snatching up the car, ADRNLN also broke previous records for a Pantera sold at auction and is now the highest selling Pantera in collector car auction history.
“We are thrilled ADRNLN did so well this weekend at Barrett-Jackson,” Mike Ring said. “We weren’t sure what to expect, but we are happy with how well the car did and [owner] Cheryl Brickl is happy with the sale too.” “Richard Rawlings is a stand-up guy and we are glad ADRNLN is going home to Gas Monkey Garage,” Jim Ring added.
Although the 1970 Dragon Mustang remains the highest selling Ringbrothers-build sold at auction at $346,500, ADRNLN does break the record for highest-selling Pantera sold at auction. Top prices for restored Panteras are usually around the $80,000-$100,000 range, while some modified Panteras have sold for more. The Pantera community embraces upgrades, which is good news for the radically customized ADRNLN Pantera. Jim and Mike Ring put more than 5,000 hours of custom work into the car, making ADRNLN well worth the $330,000 final sale price tag.