Classic Car Catalogue

Panther 1976

J.72 L6 cyl. 4235 cc 190 bhp wb: 9ft. 1in.  
J.72 V12 cyl. 5343 cc 266 bhp wb: 9ft. 1in.  
De Ville V12 cyl. 5343 cc 285 bhp wb: 11ft. 10in.  
Rio L4 cyl. 1998 cc 127 bhp 2458 mm  
Lima L4 cyl. 2279 cc 108 bhp wb: 2464 mm – new model

Great Britain

PANTHER J72 £11,367
Touching a chord of nostalgia among wealthy enthusiasts worldwide, Panther export about 90 per cent of their hand built exotica in pre-war style. The J72, inspired by Jaguar's SS 100 two-seater, can be had with Jaguar's 4.2-litre six or the 5.3-litre V12 but its suspension is more vintage-style with rigid axles front and rear. Brakes, however are modern discs and the tyres are today's wide radials.

Orders from wealthy enthusiasts in many countries are straining the production capacity for these exclusive cars with the nostalgic air and now there is a convertible to tempt those who still like open-air driving. Jaguar supply the V12 engines, the all-independent suspension and power steering. The cars are hand built at Weybridge by skilled craftsmen.

PANTHER RIO From £7,993
Panther's latest production is based on the lively Triumph Dolomite, both in eight-valve and 16-valve Sprint form (Rio Especial). The Rio range is the first from the Weybridge company to be scheduled for distribution by UK dealers, most of their previous models having been exported. The two Rios have elegant aluminium four-door saloon bodies, the light weight contributing to sparkling acceleration (0-60 mph in 8-7 seconds). Deep carpets, burr walnut, and Connolly hide maintain the Panther luxury tradition. The 'radiator' shape illustrates the Company's marketing plans!

The Panther Lima uses Vauxhall Viva and Magnum mechanics, including the 2.3 L (2279 cc) engine. The body is built of fibreglass in a 1930's roadster style.