1978 Panther J72

J72

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1978
  • Car type 
    Convertible / Roadster
  • Country VAT 
    AT
  • Lot number 
    18
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Restored
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Black
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Founded by engineer Bob Jankel in 1971, Panther West Winds Limited rose to public prominence by hand building expensive, high-quality, retro-styled luxury sports cars using modern components. The firm's first volume-selling car - the Vauxhall Magnum-based Lima, which was sold through the Vauxhall dealer network - appeared in 1976 but before then the formula combining modern engineering and performance with bygone era styling had been established by the J72. Built between 1972 and 1980, the latter was Panther's first production model and owed its inspiration to the SS100 Jaguar of the late 1930s. Such was the superb quality of its construction that the J72 won the Silver Medal for coachwork at the 1973 London Motor Show, beating the likes of Rolls-Royce. Running gear was mainly Jaguar, there being a choice of XK six-cylinder or V12 engines, with automatic transmission the norm on later models. By the time production ceased just 300 J72s had been made, though the model was re-launched as the Brookland’s after Panther's take-over by Jindo Industries, of Korea.

This 4.2-litre XK-engine J72 is in superb condition finished in Speed Yellow with Black Connolly leather interior and black hood and comes equipped with a tonneau cover and side screens.

Embodying all the style of a post-Vintage thoroughbred yet easier to drive and maintain, this rare, craftsman-built British sports car is offered with various documentation.

A very rare car in any part of the world and surely offering an outstanding investment opportunity for the discerning car collector.