Ah, yes – a sentiment I know well: the yearning to live in a warm weather climate, where snow rarely falls and you can drive your beloved project cars all day long. Except for the owner of this unfinished DeTomaso Pantera project here on eBay, he’s selling off his bargain exotic so he can move south to Florida, as there’s too much work left to be done and it’d likely be a pain to ship it all southwards. The only hitch? He’s got a $30K price tag attached to it.
Now, that’s not to say it’s a bad price (he even thinks there’s still money to be made once it’s finished), but it’s hard for buyers to visualize exactly what they’re up against when the seller doesn’t list which parts he has and what condition the engine is in. He says to call him up and he’ll talk your ear off, but that doesn’t usually work for internet sales. If I were him, I’d create a detailed write-up to post ASAP if he really wants to move the car.
The body appears to be ready for paint, but we don’t know if that’s the final step or if there’s more bodywork to be done. Other photos show orange paint on the doors, a factory color Panteras look particularly good in. Has the engine been rebuilt? Where is it now – in boxes or fully assembled? All of this information is useful simply for determining if $30,000 is a suitable price for a Pantera project. And we haven’t even gotten to the suspension!
The inside is also a work in progress. It’s hard to tell if there are even seats included, but the seller is adamant that he has all the parts necessary for restoration. Presumably, the floors are in fine shape for the asking price. The seller is located in a town called LaGrangeville, New York, which is where your author spent his childhood. I wonder if I’ve ever walked past the shop where this ready-to-restore Pantera was hiding. Anyone want to take this project on?