Panther J72

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Panther J.72
Panther J72 of 1972.JPG
1972 Panther J72
Manufacturer Panther Westwinds Ltd
Production 1972 - 1981
368 produced
Assembly Weybridge, England
Designer Robert Jankel
Body and chassis
Body style 2-door roadster
Layout FR layout
Engine 3.8L Jaguar XK6
4.2L Jaguar XK6
5.3L Jaguar V12
Transmission 4-speed manual
3-speed automatic
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.

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