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I currently own an original DeTomaso Pantera GT5. I have recently totally rebuilt it. It is my daily driver.

I am considering selling it and buying a 512.

Any suggestions to this or idea's would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.
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Thanks. I was considering a TR.
You are correct on the reliability which makes the Pantera a great daily driver. And its not that expensive to keep running.
 

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Yes, its my daily driver. I brougt the car over from Switzerland 2 years ago. It's an original GT5. I rebuilt most of it. Suspension, gerabox, motor to 30 over, 308 degree cam. Its pushing 425 HP. Runs in the 13's 1/4 mile. So far I've taken it to 186. I still have to upgrade to 16 or 17 inch wheels. Can't find the rubber for the 15's anymore.
I work on it myself, so keeping it running perfect is as much fun as driving it, well almost anyway. Still want to redo the interior and a few minor upgrades.
I have never been one for buying a car for my garage. I've owned 9 Porsches, 1 Muria SV, 1 other Pantera, a Lotus and they have all been daily my drivers. :)) You just gotta have fun.....I'm turning 50 this year, gotta enjoy all I can. But I've never owned a Ferrari. I know I wouldn't be satisfied with anything slower than a 512TR. There lies the delima, do I keep what I have or do I enter a new world, sort of speak. I'm thinking cost vs. use. The bang for the buck.
I am on the road right now. But when I get home, I will post a couple of the GT5.
Thanks for the great welcome and help. I do appreciate it.
Coz
Oh, almost forgot. She drives great in the city. Alittle hard to turn until your moving, wanders alittle because of the 10's on the front from the roads, people are a pain in the butt because they surround you while they rubber neck and other than that, I love it. Wouldn't have it any other way.
 

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2 cars I wanted - Pantera and 308. I decided on the 308 because I figured with the Pantera everyone would be asking "What kind of a car is that?" When you have a 308 there is no question as to what it is. (other than "is it real?" I have been asked that a few times.
 

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I just gotta say that's INCREDIBLE what you've owned.
and i can't believe that you sold that Muira SV :eek:
what where the Porsches???
I can't really help you about your choise.
All i can say is that i've heard from several people that once you've driven a Ferrari, you don't go back, well i've heard the same thing about Aston Martins :wink: but hey :green:

BTW i would enjoy all of them too :green:
 

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The first car I owned was a Porsche 914. I was 15. I keep it about a year and then did a conversion to V8. It was the Air-Bond car that was on a few covers way back when, 70’s, and was dressed with a 935 front end and 8" flares on the rear. It was a fun car. Next came the Muria. I got 16 tickets in it the first year I had it, :evil: 3 of which were on a suspended license. I sold it, and have regretted it ever since. Didn’t drive for the next year, gee, wonder why. Then came the Pantera in 1972. After that several Porsches, a 912, 2 911'S, 911 Targa, 2 911Turbo's, 90 911C4, 94 911C4 and a 96 911C2. I sold the 96 911C2 for the Pantera GT5. There were only 300 of the GT5's made.
What I do like about the Pantera is the fact that I can drive it everyday, except when it rains. The maintenance on the motor is easy, the parts are easy to come by and when I do have to put it in the shop, I don't need a loan to pay for the service.
I have driven a few Ferrari's here and there. I do love the sounds the motor and gearbox put out. High strung and tight, similar to the Porsches. Nothing like the V8 in the Pantera, but still great in its muscle kind of way.
I have heard many Ferrari owners say once you’ve owned a Ferrari, there’s nothing else. I can see that.
I’m not rich by any means, just love quality cars. I’ve worked my way to where I am and own the title. Just don’t want to go backwards. And whatever I do next, it’s going to be my daily driver as well. Why own something like this otherwise. So I really have to consider the costs involved and the learning curve with something different. We all know how costly our cars can get by those Ooops or the required maintenance and repairs that pop up.
My favorite was the 308GTB. I almost got one a few years back. But it just wasn’t fast enough for me. (not meant to hurt anyone's feelings) But I always felt the 308GTB was a beautiful car, I really like the racing version with the wider front and rear flares, a beauty. I think it was a Koenig car. Just needed more power.
I have also considered a Countach. But that's a machanical nightmare and would nevr make a daily driver.
At any rate, I appreciate the feedback. Just out kicking the tires again. About every 2 years I get the itch for something different.

Thanks again guys.
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My favorite was the 308GTB. I almost got one a few years back. But it just wasn?t fast enough for me. (not meant to hurt anyone's feelings) But I always felt the 308GTB was a beautiful car,
Coz
Sounds like you and I have a lot in common, I spent quite a few years in my younger days without a license. I've slowed down a bit now (my last speeding ticket was 7 years ago). I didn't get the 308 because it was fast, I got it because it was beautiful. I have had people remark on the 308's measely 250 HP and I tell them that it moves the car along just fine and if all I wanted to do was go fast, I would have bought a motorcycle.

If I were you, I would keep the Pantera. But I am not you and you have the itch for something different. :D :D
 

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You have a point. Speed is not the only thing that makes a car beautiful.
The 308 was a head of it's time at the time.
 

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OOOH GOD, what a shame of that Muira.
i would trade ALL those porsches for one.
You said that you had your first Porsche at 15, did you already have a license back then?????
What i've heard and read is that the Modena is one of the first Ferrari's that can be used the best as a daily driver.

BTW your not the only one that's getting speeding tickets :wink:
Stupid cops, it's not that i drive that hard, i don't have the car for it
 

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Yes, back then the age was 15.
I have alsways kicked myself in the butt having sold the Muria. I bought it back then for 21,000.00 and sold it for 21,000.00. What a bummer that was.
I will look into the Modena, Thanks.
Speeding tickets are a drag. I have a great radar detector, but most times they only let you know when your about to get a ticket.
I would like to find a scrambler that actually works. :p
Where are you from ?
 

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Look unther my avatar, by location => Belgium :wink:

that's cool having a license at 15, i had my driving permit at 17, that was a year earlier then everybody else, did had to pay a lot for it, but it was worht it.

BTW if you get caucht by a cop and they see the detector, over here you can get arrested then
 
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