1972 Panther J72
|Manufacturer||Panther Westwinds Ltd|
|Production||1972 - 1981
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||2-door roadster|
|Engine||3.8L Jaguar XK6
4.2L Jaguar XK6
5.3L Jaguar V12
|Wheelbase||109.1 in (2,771 mm)|
|Length||160.0 in (4,064 mm)|
|Width||65.5 in (1,664 mm)|
|Height||53.0 in (1,346 mm)|
|Curb weight||2,504 lb (1,136 kg)|
The J.72 was the first product of the Panther Westwinds company, sold from 1972 through 1981. It was an ultra-exclusive luxury roadster, intended to compete with the best of the 1970s motor industry. It used mechanicals from the XJ12, including the 5.3 L Jaguar V12 engine, and was styled like the Jaguar SS100. The J.72 was also offered with the 3.8 L and 4.2 L XK engines.
The J.72 was a success for the small company, with its Connolly coachwork beating Rolls-Royce at the 1973 London Motor Show. The car was purchased by a number of celebrities. 368 were produced in all.