The Saleen S7, which is heading back into very limited production after almost a decade, can lay claim to the title of the first true American mid-engine supercar. But that’s just a technicality. Despite a penchant for muscle-over-handling finesse, the Saleen is just the latest in a long line of supercars with an American helping hand. Below, are five more U.S. supercars that automobile fans should know about right away.
The DeTomaso Pantera
It may have been built in Italy but it was designed by an American—Tom Tjaarda—and used American horsepower in the shape of the Ford V8 block. What’s more it was imported directly into the U.S. by Ford, who sold it at its Mercury dealerships and ironed out all of the issues that plagued all Italian-built cars of the era. As a result of Ford’s direct involvement, within three years of production, the Pantera was a genuinely good car capable of challenging the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini on the track and road.