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|Manufacturer||Panther Westwinds Ltd|
|Production||1977 - 1978|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||2-door convertible|
|Engine||8.2 l (500 cu in) Cadillac V8|
|Wheelbase||105.0 in (2,667 mm)|
|Length||192.0 in (4,877 mm)|
|Width||80.0 in (2,032 mm)|
|Height||48.0 in (1,219 mm)|
|Curb weight||2,870 lb (1,302 kg)|
The Panther 6 was a British six-wheel convertible produced by Panther in 1977. The car is powered by a mid-mounted 8.2 l (500 cu in) Cadillac V8 engine with twin turbochargers. Only two cars were ever made (one in white, one in black), both of which are known to still exist. One is in Saudi Arabia, and the other was shown at the 2008 NEC Classic Car Show by the Panther Car Club and the 2015 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este by Albert Fellner.
The six wheel configuration was inspired by the Tyrrell P34 an original racing car. The layout consists of one pair of larger rear wheels with Pirelli 265/50 VR16 tyres, and two pairs of smaller steerable front wheels with Pirelli 205/40 VR13 tyres, this concept of the Panther Six was considered an early masterpiece of a true supercar which became the Panther Westwinds first and only six wheeled car hence its name at that time.
The specification included a detachable hard top and convertible soft top, electronic instruments, air conditioning, an automatic fire extinguisher, electric seats and windows, a telephone and a television set all built in a three seater abrest cockpit interior.
Claims for the top speed of this vehicle suggested it was capable of over 200 mph (322 km/h); however, these claims are so far unsubstantiated as none were ever seriously testdriven at the time.
Sources and further reading
Twin front axle
- Covini C6W
- FAB 1 (fictional car)
- Ford Seattle-ite XXI (concept car)
- Tyrrell P34
- Bedford VAL (Bus and Coach versions)