Monday Melange

Well..while some comments have been offered on Ferrari or Lamborghini?, no one has actually stated a preference. I will not state mine until and unless some readers offer theirs.


I love coffee, but it doesn’t love me. It has been determined that the primary source of the excessive incidence of PVCs that caused a trip to the ER is excessive consumption of caffeine, so I have reduced my caffeine intake. I know people who say they drink coffee just for the taste, but if that were true there would be more consumption of decaf. I don’t think decaf tastes that much different from regular unlike the gluten-free versions of certain cereals. Talk about tyranny of the minority…a single digit percentage (maybe 4-6%) of the population has a physiological sensitivity to gluten, but one of the big cereal manufacturers now offers many of its products only in gluten-free versions. I’m sorry, but the cereals without gluten DO NOT taste the same. I will never buy another “Big G” product.


Although the De Tomaso Longchamp is one of my two ultimate cars, most people know the De Tomaso name from the Pantera:

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From a picture of a De Tomaso Pantera. One of the books I enjoyed the most in my late teens and early 20s was Modern Classics, The Great Cars of the Postwar Era by Rich Taylor. Although some of the featured cars were very obscure, the book is informative and entertaining. Let me show you the beginning of the piece on the Pantera and hope I’m not showing too much:

“You say you really like expensive mid-engine cars GTs from Italy like the Maserati Bora, Lamborghini Countach and equally pricey Ferrari GTC Boxer? But you don’t have enough money? Well, step this way to Uncle Richie’s Expensive Italian Sports Cars, Inc…What’s the name? Well, De Tomaso. How ’bout Ghia? Ford? Would you believe Lincoln-Mercury? No, huh?…So what if it ain’t a Ferrari, nobody’s gonna know except you and your accountant.”

Taylor also wrote, “I’m firmly convinced that Ford Motor Company lost oodles on each one and only kept bringing the cars in ’cause they wanted to get old man Ferrari’s back up.” Ford and Ferrari had seemingly reached a deal in the early 1960s for Ford to acquire controlling interest only to have Enzo Ferrari back out at literally the last minute. That rebuke led Ford to build the Ford GT which kicked Ferrari’s ass at LeMans. Taylor thinks the importation of the Ford-powered, but very Italian mid-engined car with the exotic design was simply a continuation of Ford’s revenge. Yes, Panteras were sold through Lincoln-Mercury dealers. Ford stopped importing the cars into the US in 1975, but De Tomaso kept building the Pantera in small numbers until the early 1990s. About 7,000 were made in total. That was a big number for De Tomaso. By comparison, only about 400 of my dream De Tomaso, the Longchamp, were built despite the fact that car was manufactured for more than 15 years.

It is still possible to buy a Pantera for a five-figure sum although many sell for six figures. The Pantera is not a contender for my Ultimate Garage, but it’s still a head turner and a desirable car.



Wait a minute…other than the US only Canada has produced 1%+ of views for Disaffected Musings. While I welcome comments from everywhere I would very much like to read comments from Canadian readers. Thanks.