[DeTomaso] Amerisport GT5-S fixer-up for sale (cheap)
charlesmccall at gmail.com
Thu Feb 3 17:02:59 EST 2011
Julian - you forget how many were produced because nobody knows for sure.
Not even DeTomaso. I've read various numbers, but none of them coincide.
The first GT5-S was 9375. The last one was 9562, as Bjoern comments. So the
maximum could be 187 cars if every serial number was used and if they were
all GT5-S cars. But we know that some were GT5's and some were GTS's. Peter
Havlik has the latest known GT5, a 1989 model. There were handfuls of GTS's
in 1987 and 1988, but the majority were GT5-S's.
I once asked Claudia Lodi at DeTomaso for the exact number of GT5-S cars
built, hoping to end the debate for once and for all. She looked through her
files one-by-one (a promising start) and declared the official answer - 94!
I tried to find an explanation, as there are more than 94 known 5-S cars,
and I suspect that the explanations are many. She didn't count the
Amerisport cars, for example, because "according to Alejandro, those weren't
DeTomaso cars, they were Amerisport cars..." (just the reporter here...) I
don't know what else happened in her arithmetic, but the numbers don't add
So the only way to know the exact number is for people to contribute to
Peter Havlik's Late Model Registry and count cars, serial number by serial
number. He's got most of the cars identified now, and I'd guess that the
total was 160 GT5-S cars built in total, give or take a few. But we won't
have an exact number until ALL the cars are located.
BTW - did anyone get (or COULD anyone get) the serial number on the poor '87
example we discussed this week? It's not in the registry...
1985 DeTomaso Pantera GT5-S #9375
"Raising Pantera Awareness Across Europe"
De: detomaso-bounces at realbig.com [mailto:detomaso-bounces at realbig.com] En
nombre de Julian Kift
Enviado el: jueves, 03 de febrero de 2011 21:01
Para: Jack Deryke; gow2 at rc-tech.net
CC: De Tomaso List
Asunto: Re: [DeTomaso] Amerisport GT5-S fixer-up for sale (cheap)
The fact it is a GT-5S should come into that analysis as it potentially has
a higher restored value than a narrow body. I forget how many 5S's were
> From: JDeRyke at aol.com
> Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2011 14:21:41 -0500
> To: gow2 at rc-tech.net
> CC: detomaso at realbig.com
> Subject: Re: [DeTomaso] Amerisport GT5-S fixer-up for sale (cheap)
> In a message dated 2/3/11 7:49:41 AM, gow2 at rc-tech.net writes:
> > It still has a vin right? If the VIN still exist why would that be
> > assumed by those not involved?
> Agree; I've seen guys fall madly in love with their purchase, and restore
> Panteras that were at least as bad. The fact that it will take a monstrous
> effort means nothing, really. I once had photos of a pre-L that spent many
> years stored outside in Hawaii and EVERY horizontal surface had rust
> perforations- including the exhaust headers. The new owner did hundreds of
> TIG-patches over a 10 year period and it's running today. My Florida/CA
> with corrosion from two oceans was probably that bad too... and the new
> says he will fix it. Love is blind- J Deryke
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