Right you are - bumper color is wrong.

And could that car sit any higher? My God, the rear looks like he ADDED a spring spacer instead of took them out.

Interesting that he did not choose the wheels he designed a few years back, that are sold through P.I.

Larry
I would be the last person to critize the “God Father” of the Pantera. But I am not really sure what Tom was trying to accomplish with the exterior styling. The original design is IMHO still a timeless classic. If he was trying to modernize his original design the Pantera SI is for me just that.

His comments for the BJ auction are interesting. He was very honest, but it still down grades the car. Not what I want to hear from Tom. It only strengthens the car enthusiast’s impression that Panteras are not great cars.
Now I really miss my orange car. Rear bumper reminds me of the add on appearance of the lower bumper of some Diablos. Check out some Diablo photos, but those are the color of the cars. Seems to work well with Diablos. Got to give him credit, where would we be without people trying creative things with cars. But if you need a bumper, maybe better styling is to try and infuse it within the car body somehow (of course I am a fan of bumperless Smiler Wonder what the high bid was, it says it didn't sell.
I do agree I do like how the rear bumper encapsulates the exhaust, however I am sure if it was body colour it would look well done.
The fact it was Tom's doesn't really do anything for me as this was not the car that was built for him, just a 2nd hand car he bought and had restored, and then added his own touches to.
It is nice and clean though Smiler
After it sells I would not be surprised if a pantera vendor starts selling the front and rear bumpers.
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His comments for the BJ auction are interesting. He was very honest, but it still down grades the car. Not what I want to hear from Tom. It only strengthens the car enthusiast’s impression that Panteras are not great cars.

Agreed.

This statement speaks volumes coming from Tom Tjaarda.
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The Pantera is a vehicle that really invites its new owner to drive it for awhile then take it all apart and rebuild it into a proper automobile. Even when new, back in the early 1970's, the build quality was marginal at best.
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Originally posted by Mark M:
Maybe we can get some photoshop help on Tom's car.
I have photoshop however my Four year old daughter can draw better that my photoshop skills.


My 4 year old was busy, so I had to do it myself - tried a couple of views...
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- due to the comment about it still looking like a lump of clay, I tried darkening the orange a bit so this is the new version ... the challenge is that I'm not skilled enough in Photoshop to make plastic look like painted metal :-)

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'Hydrogren Green' gets my tick !! Ha Ha , just kidding !
I was hoping the front would look better in Body colour, but it still looks like you drove into a piece of clay at high speed and it has moulded itself on the front, the edges don't blend well with the bodyline.

The back I hope will look better.
Here are my attempts to adjust the rear-end of the car ...
[BTW for those of you who are frightened by the cost of Photoshop, I'm actually using something called GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) - I downloaded it this morning when a coworker told me about it ... it's free and it works pretty well - knowing a bit about Photoshop does help though]
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So does Tom really own this car or is it just his bumpers.

The BJ Auction site claims it is his. However I don't think he's owned it long. He didn't know how to open the rear deck lid at Concorso in Monterey (correction, Marina) last month. roll on floor

And FWIW, there's nothing impressive under the hood. Just a tired, stock Cleveland sitting in an engine compartment that's seen 37 years of dust, dirt, and grime accumulate. Rather embarrassing to open the hood.
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