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Panther Six

La Panthère 6 est un extravagant  cabriolet six roues  alimenté par un moteur  central arrière de 8,2 litres (500 in³) Cadillac V8 à double turbocompresseurs.
Il a été produit par Westwinds Panther en 1977. Seules deux voitures ont été construites, les deux existent encore.
La configuration à six roues est peut-être inspirée par le P34 Tyrrell. L'aménagement était une paire de roues arrière équipée de pneus 265/50 VR16 et deux paires de roues avant directrices équipées de pneus 205/40 VR13 .
Les spécifications indiquaient une capote traditionnelle, une instrumentation digitale,  la climatisation, un système d’extincteur moteur automatique, des sièges et des vitres électriques, un téléphone incorporé dans la portière et un écran de télévision 3 " monté dans  tableau de bord.
Les affirmations relatives à la vitesse maximale de ce véhicule laissaient entendre qu'il était capable d’atteindre plus de 200 mph (322 km / h), mais ces affirmations ne sont pas fondées.

Fabricant … Panther Westwinds

La production……. 1977

Classification

Voiture de sport

Carrosserie

Cabriolet

Moteur (s)

8.2 L V8 500ci Cadillac

Transmission(s)

3 vitesses automatique

Empattement

2670 mm (105.1 po)

longueur

4870 mm (191.7 po)

largeur

2030 mm (79.9 po)

hauteur

1220 mm (48 po)

poids à vide

1302 kg (2870.4 lb)

Réservoir

136.4 litres

Consommation de carburant

Environ 4-6 milles au gallon.


 

Panther Six No.1 (RHD)

(Pictures by Terry. Also, thanks to A. Mirko & C. Ellwyn)

Panther Six No.1  - 1977 Panther Six No.1  - 1977 Panther Six No.1 Panther Six No.1
Panther Six No.1  - 1977 Panther Six No.1  - 1977 Panther Six No.1 Panther Six No.1  - 1978
Panther Six No.1  - 1978 Panther Six No.1  - 1980 Panther Six No.1  - 1980 Panther Six No.1
Panther Six No.1 Panther Six No.1  - 1986 Panther Six No.1  - 1990 Panther Six No.1  - 1992
       
   

Panther Six No.2 (LHD)

(Pictures by Terry. Also, thanks to A. Mirko & C. Ellwyn)

Articel Octane: Out of this world
(“Hors de ce monde”)

 
Panther Six No.2  - 1980 Panther Six No.2  - 1980 Panther Six No.2  - 1982 Panther Six No.2  - 1982
Panther Six No.2  - 198? Panther Six No.2  - 1990 Panther Six No.2  - 1990 Panther Six No.2  - 1992
Panther Six No.2 - 1992 Panther Six No.2 - 1992 Panther Six No.2 - 2005 Panther Six No.2
Panther Six No.2 - 2008 Panther Six No.2 - 2008 Panther Six No.2 - picture of the Bonhams auction in Monaco where it was sold Panther Six No.2 - picture of the Bonhams auction in Monaco where it was sold
       


Panther Six No.2 - photos by Steve Panther Six No.2 - photos by Steve Panther Six No.2 - photos by Steve Panther Six No.2 - photos by Steve
Panther Six No.2 - photos by Steve Panther Six No.2 - photos by Steve Panther Six No.2 - photos by Steve

A few pics I had taken of the Panther 6 when I did some electrical repairs to it a couple of years ago.

Wish I'd taken more at the time. It was a non runner when I got to it, but it only needed a new stater motor and it fired up easily.

Had to sort out the pop up headlamps as well, both were siezed up. One was the original TR7 one and one was a Fiat one, possibly X1/9. I replaced both with recon units and got them working.

Wish I'd taken a pic after I backed it out of the garage in these pics, it dwarfed my MG Midget. I often wonder how many can claim to have actually driven it> Albeit I only drove it out of the garage and around the yard.

The guy who had it claimed he'd bought off the Greek government, after it's owner fell foul of the greek tax authorities. Said he had to have it dug out of a huge plie of pigeon crap in the bonded wharehouse.

Think it went off the auction soon after I'd worked on it?

One or two things I do recall tho. The doors ere off some sort of Opel?vauxhall with glassfibre skins to give the width. The guy asked me to look at the electric door mirrors but they had never been wired up, no wiring to them at all!.

The seats were out of a US car, some of the functions relied on engine vacuum but no pipes were evident as ever being fitted.

I aslso got all the heater/ac fans working, they were siezed up as well. It appeared to have no luggage space , the front compartment was crammed with the ac  and heater.

A fasinating car, lucky to have worked on it and driven it.

Regards Steve.


 

 

 

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