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was the car he envisioned owning. A total unmolested automobile with the interior and exterior top notch with reasonable miles were all items on Paul’s want list. Paul also desired a vehicle that he could drive, not a trailer queen. This car was pretty much all original from the interior, exterior, engine, and even the wheels, which are often replaced. After Paul and his oldest son went to Detroit to look at this particular car, Paul decided it was the one he had been looking for. This Pantera was delivered in May of 2000 which made Paul the proud owner of a classy 1974 Pantera supercar with only 48,000 miles on the clock. Since then, Paul and his siblings have logged an additional 12,000 to the odometer. Paul’s younger sons share his love of cars. These two younger sons
were lucky enough to get their father's blessing to take the Pantera to each of their respective Senior Proms. Additionally, these same two sons drove his Pantera to one of the “Historic Vehicle Associations” events and now it is part of the selective group of “This Car Matters.” Paul also has a young daughter, who at this point in time is enjoying his selective group of automobiles. Paul has motor oil in his veins which goes back many years. His father grew up in the Detroit area and was known for many of his automobiles. His father started out with a Model A, moved along to a Graham-Paige, early first year Mustang, and early Firebird just to name a few. Paul’s older brother was interested in sports cars as well. He taught Paul how to drive standard shift in his Triumph
TR3. Consequently, his older brother’s TR3 stuck with him all these years as Paul now owns one himself. Adding to the Pantera and TR3, Paul has amassed a 1970 Trans Am, a 1980 BMW M35i (1 of only 14 imported), and to round off his stable a 1968 Chevy C10 pickup truck. Taking this Pantera for a ride, as you first approach this rose colored cat, you would gaze at the sleek lines of the Italian designed body, then as the door opens you are encouraged to step inside, sit down and buckle up for a ride that brings one back to 1974 when the Ford V8 would howl power behind your head. Taking this Pantera through the gears on a straight road, and then seeing curves ahead, is a sports car driver’s vision. We at Apex wish Paul and his sons many happy motoring miles ahead.
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