Forgive the ramblings of an annoyed old man, but help me understand the market...
My Pantera hasn't sold. Not even close. Of course it's not cheap, I realize that, and for you Americans it must seem even more expensive. But, compare my price to the others on mobile.de, it's not too expensive spec for spec. And on pistonheads.co.uk, last I looked it was the cheapest Pantera! Strange. Of course, if you don't want a Pre-L and if you don't like the non-OEM shiny blue metallic, that can explain it. Still, I wonder why it hasn't sold. At the same time I see either really Plain Jane Panteras sell and I see rebuilt fake "rare" models go for $$$. OK, enough about my frustrations, but help me understand...
My Pantera has 3 strong selling points that apparently don't get the buyers in:
1 600 HP
2 No rust, never rusted, never rust-reparied by anyone with perhaps mediocre skills
3 Everything works, always starts, never overheats, A/C works, could be a daily driver
Ad 1: I thought that in itself would sell this Pantera quick. I've always bought my cars with as much HP as I could afford. The buyer of this Pantera will be able to outrun all his 400-500 HP friends. But apparently potential Pantera owners just don't care about performance? Are they all wimps?!
(I'm sure we all agree that the Pantera chassis is good enough to handle 600 HP)
Ad 2: How many are there left out there, that has never been rusted? Many have been repaired, some of them with great skills and patience as can be seen examples of on this forum, but many have been welded by people doing it fast to make money, quality will be varying. You're only a virgin once rust-wise. This is a virgin
Ad 3: Turn key car. Nothing to fix. Of course things will pop up, all Panteras fail occasionally, but all wear parts replaced. When I drive to Spa, I don't prepare anything on the Pantera, I just start it and go
So what kind of buyer contacts have I had? All kinds. Lots of frauds unfortunately, especially from Norway and Germany, they want to buy my car at full price here and now, but I have to take the money cash in $ or €, at a very favourable rate. Too good to be true. And then there are all the companies that will sell it for me, they actually have the buyer already they claim.
The legit buyers, of course some want the price down, and while I'm flexible, some offers are just crazy, damn right offending. Some offers we end €20k from each other, won't work, if it was €10k gap, maybe 5 on each side would seal the deal.
Some ask about matching numbers. Haven't heard that in the first 10 years of Pantera ownership, now I hear it. Not really that relevant for such a modified brand IMO. And why ask for matching numbers on a car with 2x the original HP. Just don't get it.
So there we are, still waiting, learning new stuff every day. If I was in the market for a Pantera and could buy a well sorted 600 HP never rusted Pantera, that's the one I would go for, and I would wear the seller down with bids until he sold it to me
Any views? Besides "it's too expensive"?