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I'm looking at the possibility of selling my 1973 DeTomaso Pantera, VIN TPHNNU05253, but I am completely unfamiliar with what the recommended approach to this would be.

I'm going to bore you with a bit of history on the car and my ownership of it. I originally found the car on Bring A Trailer:

I ultimately ended up buying the car and began a love/hate relationship with it that  has continued to this day. A lot of problems with the car reared their heads during my first year or so of ownership, ranging from wiring and electrical problems due to mangled wire harnesses, really bad "big brakes" that were little more than PBR single piston floats from a Corvette, and a range of engine issues including bad compression on 3 cylinders, leaks, and rough running.

My response to the mounting problems with the car was to simply take the biggest sledgehammer I could find to hit the termites with. I threw my hands up, packed the car into a trailer, and dropped it of at a reputable restoration shop in Las Vegas, NV. The car underwent a nearly 2 year total teardown and restoration. Because the car was never going to be original again, as one of the prior owners basically threw away the original motor, I also made some modifications to the car. What I ended up with was:

  • Ford Boss 427F aluminum engine with Z2 heads and Jesel valve train.
  • FiTech multiport EFI system.
  • Rebuilt and resealed the gearbox.
  • SACC Restorations CV Joint stub axles.
  • SACC Restorations cable driven shifter
  • Aviad oil pan.
  • Completely rewired the car with a modern harness.
  • SACC Restorations electronic parking brake (The mechanical parts were cut from the car by a prior owner).
  • SACC Restorations headlights.
  • Vintage Air AC system.
  • New headers and custom made exhaust system.
  • New McCleod clutch, throwout bearing, new aluminum slave cylinder.
  • Wilwood 4 piston SuperLites with two piece drilled/slotted rotors (SACC Restorations)
  • RideTech adjustable coilover suspension.
  • New brake lines, clutch lines, etc..
  • Fluidyne aluminum radiator with shrouded Spall fans.
  • New wheel bearings on all four corners, replaced bushings as needed.

In addition to the above, the body of the car was bead blasted down to bare metal. We found some lead body filler from back in the day and a few tiny rust spots on the bulkhead wall behind the passenger seat. We also found that the car had been painted a total of four different colors in its life and had so much unnecessary bondo (up to 1/8" thick in some areas) that I probably shed north of 100 pounds in just body filler. We think that what they were doing at each repaint was just scuffing the paint, slapping on another layer of bondo, and painting the car again. Controversially for some people, I also added a set of steel Group 4 fender flares that were welded onto the car. Naturally this meant a new set of wheels and tires to fit. The car was painted from head to toe in Ford's Kona Blue Metallic.

I have pictures of the car in various stages of the process. What I have now is a reliable car that starts every time with minimal fuss and is highly drivable. It was not cheap to do this, obviously. I have no real idea where to begin in terms of valuing the car or where to even start in finding her a new home. I would be interested in hearing from the community on their thoughts. I had considered getting the car professionally photographed along with some drive videos to post it on BaT again, but I'd also like to know if there's something easier to contend with out there.

As you can see from the attached pictures of the car, much has changed with it.


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Firstly, beautiful car!!!  I think  regardless of "where" you post it for sale, the key for any seller is "how much will you take for it?"  People tend to struggle with this more than how to post it for sale.  The other factor is "how fast or bad" do you want to sell it.  I have seen Panteras for sale by the same person for years at the same price.  Clearly they have no burning desire to sell it.

Caution on BaT - the audience can be very brutal.  Right now, it was looking like very stock original cars were doing well, but then a really nice custom comes up and makes big money.  Just set your reserve on BaT and if no sale, oh well - it only cost you your time.   I would think most people on this forum already own a P and the pool of buyers here smaller than Hemmnings, BaT, eBAY, etc.  A good friend just sold her 55 Chevy custom on eBAY.  I joked when she put it there and said you will never sell it - Damm if she didn't for basically her asking price of north of $150k.  So I would consider it now.  FaceBook groups is really a shit show.  Bunch of people that have no business owning a computer, let alone a Pantera.  I would be very careful of that.

Best of luck which ever way you go as some day we will all be in this position either because of a change of life, interests, or something else.


@panterapatt Regarding BaT, I'm really hesitant to post it there because of the cutthroat nature of the audience. There's a vocal minority on there that sees a car that doesn't meet their Pebble Beach standards for factory original and torpedoes the auction with negative commentary about the car.

I don't deal in Facebook, or any other social media for that matter, so selling it there isn't going to happen anyway.

For the record, I'm looking at selling it because of life changes. I'm leaning towards moving abroad and putting the car in storage would be an injustice to what it is. I would rather see it go somewhere where it will give someone enjoyment and it would see the road.

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