Ignorant So-Cal newb looking for buying advice and to meet owners in my area.

Long time lurker on the site, longer time dreamer of owning one (missed my chance years ago before the prices rose). I've been reading up on the buying guides, trying to educate myself, joined the necessary forums/websites, and been looking at the cars out there in my price range... ish. I'm in Los Angeles, and don't need a finished car, I want to be able to work on it while I drive it. I miss that driving around in my C7 Vette with a warranty where everything is brand new. And I want to drive it so originality not as important as reliability (I've always been more of a restomod guy). I have about $50-60K to spend (I know that's on the low end) but also going to eventually sell my 2016 Corvette which I'm driving around now. I've had/restored old muscle cars, Grand National, DeLorean, etc... so I know what owning an older car is like; but obviously not as exotic. I'm most handy with interior, electrical and suspension work as opposed to body work. From what I've read so far, finding a rust free/repaired body is the #1 priority for these cars anyway.

I know they have a bad rep and their cars are usually in bad condition, but since I'm not far, I may check out the two Panteras at Beverly Hills Car Club just to look and start familiarizing myself with actual cars in person. I saw the satin/flat black car for sale up in NorCal so might check in on that one -- if anybody knows that car more personally, please let me know. Would also love to meet any local owners who might be willing to share any knowledge on the cars, or even better, recommend a car I might not know of for sale (lunch on me!). I saw that there are 3 clubs in Socal, but none in LA proper... Orange County, Inland Empire, and San Diego. Any other LA/valley owners meet up at other shows or cruises in the area?

Thanks in advance for any help, guidance, ridicule, shaming, or plain indifference. It seems like a pretty tight knit community, but also a pretty friendly one... if I don't ask anything too stupid, which I can't guarantee.

Soon to be Pantera owner (I hope!),

Riley

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