I don't care what anyone tells you, it's not safe to drive on old tires. It's officially spring and those of us that live in colder climates are getting our cars ready for the driving season. Make sure to check the date codes on your tires and replace them if they're old.
Most of our Panteras and classic cars don't see a lot of miles so our tires will expire way before they wear out. You can't judge a tire by its tread. The rubber and glue in our tires begin to degrade from the moment they're made. It doesn't matter if they're stored in a cool, dark, shrink wrapped environment. You can't trust old tires.
If you buy a Pantera, check the date codes and replace your tires if they're old. Doesn't matter what they look like. My Pantera had tons of tread but the date codes were so old you couldn't tell what decade they were from! The first thing I did was replace them.
Here are some pictures of a tire from one my 1972 Pontiac Lemans convertible that just exploded in my shop. They probably had 200 miles on them and were 15-20 years old. (Time goes fast and I see a lot of Panteras on tires this old) They looked perfect and the car was being reassembled after several years at the body shop. It was scheduled to get new tires before being driven. The tires had lived inside a temp controlled dark environment the entire time. The car was just sitting on a four post lift and I came out to see this carnage.
Imagine the disaster if this happened driving down the road. Imagine if it was a Pantera doing some spirited driving.
I just hope this reminder saves someone from getting hurt.
Our Panteras are amazing cars but we're all even more precious and irreplaceable.
Make a point of checking your tire's age and replacing them if they're too old. It's cheap insurance and not worth the risk.