Vauxhall Equus

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Vauxhall Equus
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Vauxhall Equus
Manufacturer Panther
Production 1978
1 built
Designer Wayne Cherry (design director)
Body and chassis
Class Concept car
Body style 2-door convertible
Layout FR layout
Related Panther Lima
Engine 2.3 L (2,279 cc) OHC Vauxhall I4

The Vauxhall Equus was a two-door concept car first presented by Vauxhall in 1978.[1] The name "Equus" is Latin for "Horse". It was the last concept car from Vauxhall until 2003.


The Equus was based on a Panther Lima chassis, which itself was based on Vauxhall Magnum mechanicals. Panther built the prototype.[2]


The Equus was styled by a small team led by Wayne Cherry along with his chief designer John Taylor. Work started in October 1977 and the car was unveiled at the Birmingham NEC Motor Show in 1978. The design brief emphasized the use of Vauxhall parts whenever possible. It featured an angular, wedge design with Vauxhall's signature ‘droopsnout’ front end made popular by the Vauxhall Firenza.[3]


  1. ^ Rees, Chris (13 June 2011). "Cars we should have been sold". MSN Cars. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Vauxhall Equus – the brave sports car that never made it off the ground". AROnline. 2017-05-21. Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  3. ^ "Concept Car of the Week: Vauxhall Equus (1978) - Car Design News". Retrieved 2018-09-20.

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