I have a lovely matched set of 1960's Alfa Romeos - a Duetto and a Step-Front GTJ, both running Twin Spark engines, lowered suspensions, etc. I undertook the restoration work myself, from bare bodyshells and am now looking for another project, and given I have always hankered after a Pantera and have managed to save up a little money, I think the time is right!
These two Alfa beauties are also keen to have an bigger brother to keep an eye on them and hence I'm looking for a straight original Pre-L Pantera to also restore - again taking it back to a bare bodyshell and upgrading the engine to around 500bhp, but leaving the rest of the car pretty much standard looking (apart from the widest tires I can squeeze on the 8" and 10" campies).
I have spent the last months reading virtually all the threads on here (thanks for all the GREAT insights and information by the way!!!) and based on this I'm particularly focussed on ensuring that the car I ultmately buy is: 1) is as rust free as a 45 year old car can feasibly be, 2) the ZF is present and in good / servicable condition, 3) has nothing missing and all difficult to source parts there (i.e. trim, campies, etc.).
Given I plan to strip the entire car and rebuild everything I am looking for an original tired car that hasn't been restored, as I can't afford to pay for a good car and then re-do everything again.
Given I'm UK based its a bit tricky to properly inspect any potential cars and hence I was hoping that the De Tomaso Internet Community might help point me in the right direction.
In return I promise to fully document the cars ultimate restoration on the forum - just like so many others have done already, teaching me tons!
Thanks to all!!!