Panther

Concepts : Panther 6

Concepts : Panther 6

The star of the 1977 Motorfair at Earls Court in London was the sensational six-wheeled Panther supercar. For a while it looked like it was going into production, too, but its creator Robert Jankel was scuppered by delays in development. We tell the story of Britain’s might-have-been supercar. Six-wheeled wonder Visitors to the 1977 London […]

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The converters : Owen Sedanca

The converters : Owen Sedanca

Two years before Leyland launched the Jaguar XJ-S, the Jaguar dealership HR Owen came up with a coupe of its own… HR Owen had a penchant for commissioning customised Leyland products. Having enjoyed moderate success with the Crayford/FLM Panelcraft Rover P6 Estoura, their next project was altogether more ambitious: in September 1973, they presented the […]

By 26 September 2011 17 Comments Read More →
The converters : Panther Westwinds

The converters : Panther Westwinds

The origins of Panther date back to 1971, when Robert Jankel decided that he wanted leave the fashion industry and follow his dream of becoming a creator of exclusive cars. Panther’s products were truly a remarkable group of cars created by a remarkable man: Robert Jankel, designer and businessman. Jankel worked in the tuning trade […]

By 25 September 2011 0 Comments Read More →
The converters : Harrods XJ6

The converters : Harrods XJ6

Two cats for the price of, well, two… THE above picture gives little clue as to why, at £35,000 in 1983, this rather special Jaguar should have cost well over twice the list price of the standard 4.2-litre XJ6 on which it was based. Indeed, the most noticeable external modification was a very 1980s, boomerang-style […]

By 25 September 2011 1 Comments Read More →
Panther Lazer

Panther Lazer

A one-off commission that suffered from project drift, was rejected by its intended recipient, and ended up in the hands of a 14-year-old… WELL, it must have seemed like a good idea at the time: the Canadian Panther importer wanted Robert Jankel to build a unique car as a surprise present for his wife. The […]

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Panther J72

Panther J72

The J72 was a modern re-make of the SS100 based on Jaguar componentry, done in Bob Jankel’s own inimitable style…

By 25 September 2011 1 Comments Read More →
Gallery : Those doors

Gallery : Those doors

When the ADO17 was launched as the Austin 1800 in 1964, few people can have imagined that one of its defining features – its doors – would later appear on a series of cars ranging from a 1.5-litre family hatchback to a 3-litre executive saloon. But the story doesn’t end there. As well as being […]

The Converters : Panther Rio

The Converters : Panther Rio

Bob Jankel of Panther had the great idea of building a luxury car based on the Triumph Dolomite… Panther Westwinds had been set-up by fashion designer Bob Jankel to produce expensive and bespoke cars for the customer that wanted something entirely different. His previous products included the (Jaguar-esque) J72 and (Ferrari-esque) FF, which were both […]