Tom Tjaarda is very well known in the Ford scene for his design of the De Tomaso Pantera. In 1960 he designed the Ford dragster project IXG; in 1962, working on a Pininfarina Corvair project. In 1969 he created the De Tomaso Mustela at Ghia, followed by the De Tomaso Deauville and De Tomaso Pantera in 1970. In 1971 he worked on the De Tomasa Zonda and a Mustang design.
In 1973 another Ford Mustela II was shown around the country, followed by Ford Maverick designs and Ford Mustang II design studies for Ghia. Tom Tjaarda has been creative and active ever since; his latest, better-known project is the Qvale Mangusta, based on the Shelby Series 2 and the EVX Mustang and HST Cobra.