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Alvin
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Always Powered By ford
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Boeing 747 Captain retired, U.S. Navy CAPT (ret.). Learned to work on Ford and some other cars up to early 70's (started at 12 yrs old) and have continued on my Ford projects including my Pantera L - to date.

Growing up without much as a kid and back in 1971, I saw a Pantera for the 1st time. It was a yellow Pantera (pre-L) in Auburn, WA, and it had then seemed to me it would take forever to own one. Although, I knew from the 1st time I saw that yellow pre-L, that someday I would own one. The heck with ME though!!!

THPNNR05755 has OWNED ME since Jan 16, 1984. I was active duty back then flying for the U.S. Navy as a Naval Aviator (pilot) out of California when this well maintained and very original "L" car (sans original orange exterior color) popped up in the classified section of the San Jose Mercury one Sunday. I immediately called and saw the car before noon that same Sunday in Los Gatos, CA.

After 12 or so years since my 1st laying eyes on that yellow pre-L in Auburn, WA, there was finally a Pantera in my garage!

Immediately some metric tools were added to the standard assortment in my toolbox. Then a light-level restoration commenced including "old school" DuPont Imron paint (I figured if DuPont Imron was good enough for the military planes I flew, it was good enough for my Pantera).

The car is an original California car (usually, it was a definite plus for just intending to "touch up" a 10 year old Pantera and not finding rust - and I am still fortunate this one is one of those great examples!). Profile Image is the after-result of my "light" restoration with fresh DuPont Imron paint.

After release from active duty, I drove #5755 home from California (a high speed pass - anxious to finally be going home). It has been in the Greater Seattle area ever since. Got my very 1st moving violation on I-5 that run going through Drain, OR.

Until recently, it had been wearing its all original drive-train, interior, Campy's and badging still (+ more).

To me, the Pantera's beautiful lines along with its stance always give it that truly timeless look!

Enter the next chapter.

Right now, an in-depth, full restoration is being performed (now no longer wearing DuPont Imron paint) and this car is well on its way to carrying its original beauty on through the 21st century with more than a few up-to-date performance upgrades.

Although the next owner, maybe a.k.a. George Jetson, will have to purchase and install a trick vertical drive mechanism and capabilities - once that becomes a reality for him.

I always knew the day would eventually come for a full restoration. For instance, I've had a few different ideas over those many years as to what I should use for a 2nd engine (in the interest of preserving the car's original and unmolested 351C engine). I had one engine idea at first, then moved on to another, and another again, etc. Thus, I now possess no less than 4 additional Ford engines (2 N.O.S) that at one time or another had been intended for the Pantera - but found yet another road map for engine choice recently (yes, that will make it #5 once I purchase that one).

My "parts locker" for the project is fairly large and might almost be considered adequate. It does not have everything. Although I have duplicate parts in some cases, there are others I know I still need and of course, others that I will find I need as the project continues to progress.

Other cars that own me: --2008 GT500, --1988 WSP SSP (I purchased from GSA auction and was 2nd owner. 1st was Washington State), --1967 Mustang Fastback 289, --2005 Harley Davidson F-350.

Maybe for a little enjoyment when bored and aren't busy, I have also provided the following:

For 25 years, 1967 Shelby GT500 #745 had also OWNED ME. I sold it at the 2007 Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson Auction (Lot #1565.1).

To see the auction of that car, view the You Tube I made, "67 GT500 Barrett-Jackson Auction 2007." See: www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEOpMucABN0

From that 2007 Barrett-Jackson auction, 1967 GT500 #745 was sold to the "Lingenfelter Collection" where it was displayed at their museum just outside Detroit, MI. for 4 or so years.

Then it was at the 2011 SEMA while on tour with a 2012 Shelby "Super Snake" GT500 (a "one-of-one" or "one off," 740Hp version car) for the 2012 Dream-Give-Away, "winthemustangs.com" raffle.

Cheers!

 



Chris
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Darryl Simpson
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David V. Kimball
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I own a Camaro, but I have a heart for Panteras. :)



Dick Koch
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I purchased my 1974 Detomaso Pantera new in December 15, 1974 at Cherner/Lincoln Mercury in Vienna, Virginia.  Since then the car has gone through several "refreshes", the latest started in 1997 and mostly finished in 2004.  I have designed and made significant modifications to the car over the years, while maintaining the original classic exterior body design.

 

Many of the modifications are a one of a kind on this car, such as the fully programmable shock system, with five driver "instantly" activatable shock profiles.  This Pantera is the only one in the world with the proprietary control system made by MagneShock, which uses electronically controlled magnetorheological fluid as its damping agent.

 

Special and Unique Modifications:

·      800+ hp Engine with Twin TurboCharged  Radial Ram Slingshot Induction

·      Electronic Fuel Injection and Ignition System by Electromotive

·      Low Restriction Custom Exhaust System

·      Innovative Methanol/Nitrous Inter-cooling System

·      State of the Art Magnetorheological Shocks by MagneShocks

·      Defi Computerized Guage System

·      BMW M3 ZF 5-speed Transaxle Differential Upgrade

·      Rear Axle "Sleeved" Tapered Roller Bearing Conversion by Dick Koch

·      4-wheel Hurst/Airheart Racing Disk Brakes

·      McLeod Dual Disk High Performance Clutch

·      17" Campagnolo Aluminum Wheels with Kumho "R" Compound Racing Tires

·      Custom "Panoz Roadster Red" Paint by Panoz Automotive Development

 

 

 

 



Doug M
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I've had a passion for these cars since I first got in one as a teenager. I purchased mine in California in 2007. A 74 L. Love to tour in it. I've been to several POCA fun rallys. Have had it on a few different race tracks. Its a thrill you just can't get on public roads. They truly are amazing machines and when you factor in they are nearly 40 years old it's incredible.

It's the people in the pantera community that make it very special. Pantera owners are the most friendly, sharing and supportive group I have had the pleasure of meeting. All bound together by their passion for this car.



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John Yett
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Kenny
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Just bought our first pantera. Saw one for the first time in 72 at the LM dealer in Westlake Seattle at the prime age of 13. Just needed to have a money press cause dad said "No way man!". Looking forward to talking to everyone, sharing pictures and information. Seems there are tons of options as with any car crazed person.

We also have 2 65 fastback mustangs in need of a littel tlc and lots of work. One 57 International 400 wheel tractor and a 65 John Deere dozer. Love the toys. My wife bought the wheel tractor. Probably the best buy of all. We starting building our house in 04 and moved in in July of 10. I can say that is off the bucket list.

Anyway hopefully we'll talk soon.



Mad Dawg Antenucci
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Native Seattle hommie and Pantera owner currently working and living in Saudi Arabia.



Mark A Boatsman
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Matt Hovind
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I've always been a car guy (due to early influences like Speed Racer) and prefer post-war, pre-wind tunnel cars, especially Italian, but just about anything with 4 wheels will do.

My high school bus used to go by a house every day that had a black Pantera in the carport.  One day it showed up at school with one of the high school kids at the wheel; thinking of it now, I think the young driver hit the gas instead of the brake and ended up doing a 180.  I was smitten.

I bought mine after deciding to finally get a car to tinker with; my wife and I had talked about classic Mustangs, etc. but I figured to jump in with both feet and get what I'd ultimately want.

It's very original, which is good in that nothing has to be undone, but on the other hand, everything is beginning to need replacement.  I've had it since 2010 and have enjoyed working on it and driving it.  I'm getting into a few projects that will stretch my skills so it's a good time to join the club and get some advice.



Matt Wells
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Patrick Hall
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Peter Havlik
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Peter Mustonen
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47 years old
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Try my sence of humour,but do not try twice.



Pinstyle
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Not an owner yet



Ransom73L
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75 years old