How many of you remember hearing how the brilliant folks at Ford headquarters tossed all the Pantera program documents into dumpsters, and even destroyed the body panel press molds? So much for historic documentation of the Ford aspects of the Pantera or accurate replacement panels.
Remember when we all saw the photos of the abandoned DeTomaso factory, with parts, prototypes, papers by the thousands and numerous unknown items strewn hither-yonder? Just like Detroit, Modena trashed irreplaceable Pantera history.
The forum member who started this thread is a European resident who joined this forum in 2004, but who has made less than 200 postings since joining.
He has let us know a friend and he are in possession of multiple DeTomaso factory build sheets and related documents, and that the documents "are available for the owners".
They have created a website and a Facebook presence, but both are very minimal in content. But of course everything has to have a starting point; perhaps more content will be added in the coming months? (Website does have a lot of good photos, though.)
Their website is "RegisterDeTomaso.com" and this thread uses "registry De Tomaso". As English is not their native language, I wonder if the registry/register terms used by them may not accurately convey to native English speakers what they are intending to convey. I do know their English is a lot better than my Italian.
I'm not sure what their business model is regarding the documents they say are "available to owners". Perhaps they are benevolent souls who intend to send, free-of-charge, copies of pertinent factory documentation to owners; more than likely, obtaining copies of documents will involve an exchange of funds for the documents provided. I'm sure the coming weeks will provide some clarity and specifics regarding just what this venture is all about.
In the meantime, perhaps we could ponder just where would someone get such an idea to sell factory documentation of specific cars to their owners?