quote:it seems cheaper to buy a restored pantera instead of doing it yourself.
This is generally true. The two problems I facedd when I was looking for my car in 2003 were...
1.) Restored cars cost more than I had money to spend.
2.) Good luck trying to find a car that's restored/upgraded to YOUR tastes! There are a lot of Pantera owners with poor taste when it comes to upgrades. And I am not willing to pay a premium for someone else's idea of the "perfect" Pantera, then have to spend more money to un-do and correct the seller's choices.
Buying a Pantera that hasn't been restored allows me to drive and enjoy it NOW and improve it over time as finances allow. In the end it will cost more, but it will be exactly what I want it to be. And I get the pleasure of doing it myself, which for me is one of the things I love about this hobby - I'm a do-it-yourselfer!