Pantera #6383 - My Pantera GTS Found after 35+ years

Back in 1981, I was working in Saudi Arabia, found a sad Pantera GTS (Euro model) dead at the side of the road,
and brought it back to england.

I sold it about 18 months later having Married and children started arriving.

Back then no Internet, and DeTomaso knowledge very poor in England, I had pics but not the Chassis number.

I always wondered if it still existed, I was told that it went to The USA in the Mississippi area.

I had a mail from Chuck Melton this morning, the car is in Norway, and in good condition.

I was so pleased that it had been found, and because of a piece of paper with the car about me importing it have a gander, I wish it could be mine again.............

I tried to put an attachment on but failed.
If you would like to see 6383 its there on Provamo.

thank you Mr Melton.
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Originally posted by Horace Cope:
Hi Pete

Whats the radiator and AC cooling fan in the back. Was it so hot in Saudi that they tried to fit 2 cooling rads. Surely not an AC condenser with that size inlet/outlet pipe.

I agree they seem to have made a good job of fitting the GT5 bodykit etc.

Cheers


It was mid summer in Damman when I bought the car. You could have fried eggs on the bodywork.

I will never forget putting the car in a container then nailing wooden chocks behind all the wheels, it was so hot in that container I almost passed out.

when the car reached the UK, I went on a 300+ mile round trip to collect it from Felixtowe.

The Revenue men wanted 10% of the new price of the car before releasing it, then I would have to get several estimates of its value, and they would then reimburse me.

The car new then was £18000, the banks were closed, they wouldn't take a cheque, they were the pits. I had to drive home and collect it the following week with CASH.

I eventually paid tax on £2500 which was all the car was worth in the condition it was in, but it took them a long time.

English Revenue men were a jealous bunch of bloody cissies.
I have been in touch with Oyvind, he is a grand bloke and the car was de rusted by another owner that he purchased the car from.

Thank you George for putting up the old pics in Saudi, I have to say I'm a bit older than back then, but lovely to see that it has survived for another enthusiast to enjoy.
best Peter

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