Time to introduce myself as the new happy and proud Dutch owner of Mark's 2281. Another 3 weeks of sleepless nights, before I can get the car at the harbor of Amsterdam. I can't wait....
Nice to read all your positive comments. It proves that I bought a beautiful, great Pantera. And it surely confirms my gut feeling on the buy.
Special thanks to Mark, for being a gentleman in preparing the car to my wishes and making it ready for its shipment. It was a great pleasure to do business together.
I also would like to take the opportunity to give my point of view on the discussion between Mikael and Simon. First of all, the car I was looking for was meant to fit in my budget.
I had read the price discussion on Mikael's car on this forum and noticed it would be quite far above my aim. I called a Dutch friend (former Pantera owner) for his opinion. He advised me to have matching numbers and engine wise, as standard as possible. It will still be fast enough! He tipped me on a car in Belgium, a nice quality standard car. But it was red :-( and still a bit above budget.
So I continued my search and then the contact with Simon started. He noticed my thoughts about Mikeal's car and introduced Mark's car.
Just to be clear. Mikael's Pantera is surely a very nice car. But for me, the price and engine are too much. And I have given this feedback to Mikael. Mark's car on the other hand, was love at first sight. And we agreed on the price. So the decision was fully mine and not manipulated by Simon at all.
A picture of the 2281 between the Dutch tulips will follow soon! :-)