i have been looking around for a pantera, and someone a few miles from me is getting rid of one (her husband died and shes getting rid of it) now, i know this may get me flamed, but i could sell my fiero and mazda to get the pantera.. i would like any input/opinions on the pantera, and people trying to convince me one way or the other please thanks much!
Posts: 16460 From: Schaumburg, IL Registered: Jan 2000
A friend at work has a Pantera he is restoring. Interesting car. The only problem is money. A lot of stuff on the car just isn't available and there are not alot of donor cars available. Many of his new parts are made by a local machine shop. Big bucks for custom made stuff. He's about 60% done. Nice looking but I'd never get rid of my Fiero!
Steve--The one in the front is a GT5, the one in the rear is a "base" model.
DRH--Depends on the model and year. The GT5s go for 5 figures even if they're trashed. I wouldn't mind having one, but I couldn't drive it. That would mean sitting in it and I'm not much into '70s styling. Let me see if I can find some pics.
Posts: 4155 From: greensboro, nc Registered: May 99
A buddy of mine used to work for the local Jaguar dealer... they sold a Pantera to a guy, who bought it for his 16 yo son!!!!! Kept blowing the rear wing off, at high speed every time he changed gears!
Thats the honest truth... as I understand it.
Posts: 1351 From: Fair Oaks, CA Registered: Aug 99
I would be all over that Pantera if I were you. DRIVE her down in price and go for it. This guy had one that came into a Shell station I used to work at back in 78'. It had a V6 with a problem of melting one of the exhaust manifold. I don't think he did a good job of up keep to be melting a manifold though. I thought they all had V8's, but this one didn't. The guy insisted it wasn't a kit too. I like the red one I saw at the Autorama in Sacramento. Polished and blown! What a beast
Quick, delete this thread before my dad (Big O) sees it! You'll make him sad! When I was in highschool, (early eighties) we lived near Brussels Belgium. At that time, cars with big American V8s where dirt cheap to buy, expensive as hell to drive due to registration and insurance. Perfect example- a Shelby GT500 convertible for $9000 went for a loooong time without selling.
My dad picked up a 75 (I think) Pantera L for $6500!!!! It was too pretty to look at and nasty too! I remember driving in the rain on the freeway and my pops downshifted from 5th at about 80 and got wheelspin! It looked like the red car that Monkey posted, except dark red with black hood. I miss that car (snif)!
So yeah, sell your mazda, your fiero your second born child and your little dog toto to get one. Just give me a ride in it!
The Pantera is one of my all time favorite cars. Possibly my favorite car. They look awsome, have a really cool history behind them(Mercury dealerships actually sold them in the U.S.), and are fast. I just wish I could find a mint Pantera around town for what I paid for my Fiero(not likely ).
We had one come into my dads autobody shop about 6 months ago for some paint work. It looked exactly like the red one, and it sounded bad ass, although i never "drove" it(pulled it in and out of the shop and into the paint booth, big pain by the way, i never got to dog it to see what it could do) I wasn't impressed with the car enough to actually lust over one. It was an older one, not sure what year 70's maybe, but it was hard to shift, you can't see out of the back of it to back it up, and it's very cramped inside. But i guess that reverse isn't what the pantera is about, it's about going forward, very fast! To each his own, but to me, if that pantera was only worth 5 thousand dollars i wouldn't buy it. But if i could buy a 6 thousand dollar car for 5 thousand i'd be all over it. definatly not worth 5 digits in my opinion as you can get a heck of a lot more car for that money.
I dont mean to bust any balls, but it's just my opinion
Posts: 451 From: Kent, Wa. USA Registered: Mar 2000
Well,as I recall, Road and Track did a test on one and they came away with mixed feelings. It wasn't very fast, and the handling was slightly funky. The interior reminded them of a kit car. In fact the whole car reminded them of a kit car. Looked good tho.. Kid at college had one. All I remembered was that he wasn't a good driver and the car was always filthy!
Jun 30th, 2000
Posts: 1665 From: Orange County, CA Registered: Aug 99
damn. she checked the kbb value on the car. well, now since i can't afford it she was going to ask 8000 for it. good condition with 124k and change. damn damn damn damn damn i wanted that car. i wonder what insurance for an 18 year old and a pantera woulda been?
Posts: 15796 From: N. Wilkesboro, NC, USA Registered: Nov 1999