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A Congregation of Panthers (2)

By PhilT2
This shot of Panther Sports cars was taken at the entrance to Cromer Pier a few years ago

A history of Panther for anyone interested;

Founded in 1972 by Robert Jankel, the Panther company enjoyed success throughout the 1970s with retro-styled cars based on the mechanical components of standard production cars from other manufacturers.

Notable examples included 1975's Panther Rio: based on the Triumph Dolomite, but appointed to "Rolls-Royce standards" — the cost of which was equivalent to three Triumph Dolomites.

The Panther Westwinds company collapsed in 1980 and was purchased by Young Chull Kim.
Production of J72, DeVille and Lima restarted in 1981. In 1982 Young Kim's Jindo Corporation in South Korea constructed the steel chassis platform and aluminium body for a Ford mechanically based car to replace the Vauxhall based Lima.
Production of the new two seater to be called Kallista began at Canada Road, Byfleet in February 1983. Production transferred to a factory within the Brooklands racetrack in January 1984 and continued there until April 1988.
In July 1987 Jindo sold their interest in the Panther Car Company to SsangYong. A factory in Harlow, Essex was found and in February 1988 Panther Kallista production commenced there while also continuing at Brooklands.
In the spring of 1990 SsangYong announced the cessation of Kallista production at Harlow followed in the Autumn by their announcement that production of Solo would also stop. SsangYong transferred the stock of parts to South Korea where they developed a glass re-inforced plastic body for the Kallista.The project was not a success although a number of wide body Kallistas were sold in mainland Europe.
SsangYong suffered financial difficulties and in 1999 their motor division was absorbed into Daewoo.

In 2001 Jankel bought the Panther name back from Korean ownership. He was finalising a new sports car design when he died in 2005. His son Andrew Jankel described it as an "unfinished symphony"

Tags: Norfolk Transport Black and white Cromer pier Classic cars Panther cars

Voters: MadVillPics, azurak, rontear and 55 more


3 Sep 2020 1:48PM
Superb image
3 Sep 2020 2:58PM
An excellent image and most interesting narrative, Phil.

mac Plus
19 9 Scotland
3 Sep 2020 3:31PM
A great image of this sport's car, which I must admit, am completely ignorant of. However, your notes go a long way in bringing me up to speed.
TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 16 England
3 Sep 2020 3:47PM
A fine collection of motors here, Phil...I'll have the one at the front... 😃👍
Trev 😀
Excellent collection of motors Phil, really interesting information too.
JuBarney Plus
9 33 5 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2020 6:08PM
Wonderful old motors

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