Kirk, THPNZS09193. I have not been able to nail down the year but the previous title and my title have it as 1979. The engine is a Cleveland 351, probably / maybe from Austrillia. Carb is a 600 Holly which I think may be a replacement from whatever was original. I also suspect that the intake manifold may have been replaced. Not sure about much because the post Ford cars seem to be all different or at the least no standard. Other than that the engine looks and sounds original (?) with 17,000 miles on it. No large crazy cam for sure.
There is no smog data plate and no equipment other than the PVC valve. That I think is the killer - lack of smog equipment / system. I have been chasing the history of this car with no luck other than what the PO has told me. Contacted the fellow in Switzerland and all he has is the original engine data. I think the car was imported in 1980 to the New York area.
Maybe I can convince the DMV that it's a title error because there were no Ford Panteras made after what, 1974 ?
Italford, You may have a chance since you're already in. Maybe ! I found a DMV memo that basically says that all post 1974 cars regardless of what plates they have must have a biannual smog test. It says to contact the BAR for details. I suck at computers but will have a go at posting it for you. It also says that there are exceptions but does not list them or say where to find them.
I dislike being negative but CA is not at all friendly regarding grey market or modified post 1974 cars. Fact is they hate us. Totally sucks. I've been on this car for months so I can drive it, now this.
Not giving in yet but also not betting on it.