Leyland Panther

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Leyland Panther
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Leyland Panther
Overview
Manufacturer Leyland
Body and chassis
Doors 1 or 2 door
Floor type Step entrance
Chassis Stepped ladder frame with straight high ladder frame option
Powertrain
Engine Leyland O.600H, Leyland O.680H
Capacity 40–53 passengers (typical)
Power output 125-200bhp
Transmission Leyland SCG Pneumocyclic with ZF or Voith options
Dimensions
Length 11m
Width 2.5m
Height 3m
Curb weight 16 tonne GVW max
Chronology

The Leyland Panther was a rear-engined single-deck bus chassis built by Leyland between 1964 and 1972. It gained a reputation for unreliability, which to some extent was common to many of the first generation of rear-engined single-deckers.

It was sold to a number of operators in the United Kingdom, Australia, Argentina, Denmark, the Netherlands, Israel and New Zealand.

The largest quantity of Panthers was purchased by the Brisbane City Council in Queensland, Australia, who purchased 341 to replace the city's tramway network between November 1966 and May 1970.[1] Storstockholms Lokaltrafik AB, SL, in Sweden took 200 left-hand drive ones with bodywork by Park Royal Vehicles. In total, over 639 Panthers were bodied as buses for UK operators,[2] with Liverpool buying the biggest UK fleet (110),[3] and about 700 chassis were built for export.

Panthers were also built as coaches with a high straight chassis frame (PSUR1/2), most of these being exported to Argentinian coach operators and locally bodied. Twenty-seven coaches for the UK were bodied by Plaxton, 18 went to Seamarks, Luton, one each to Soudley Valley Coaches and Bere Regis and District, four to Skills of Nottingham and three to East Yorkshire Motor Services, who had nineteen of this variant new (and one ex-Ribble) with bus outline Marshall bodies and the two other UK coaches which had Metro-Cammell bodies. Ten units went to Egged in Israel and locally bodied by Ha'argaz.

References[edit]

  • Jack, The Leyland Bus (Mark 2), Glossop 1981
  • Classic Bus Magazine, passim
  • Yahoo! Groups – therearenginedbusclub