Lot 324 - 1981 Panther Lima
|Odometer reading||45,614 miles|
|Result||Sold - £4,704|
Surrey based Panther Westwinds is a manufacturer of niche sports cars and luxury cars, founded in 1972 by Robert Jankel. The Panther company enjoyed success throughout the 1970s with retro-styled cars based on the mechanical components of standard production cars from other manufacturers. Notable examples included 1975's Panther Rio; based on the Triumph Dolomite, but appointed to 'Rolls-Royce standards'. Another, and particularly unusual, model was the three-axled Panther 6. The Panther Lima was a roadster of the 1970s and early 80s. It used Vauxhall Viva and Magnum mechanicals, including that car's 2.3 litre engine. A later Mark II model used a purpose-built chassis. The body was built of fibreglass in a roadster style reminiscent of an Allard or Morgan. The Lima was produced in volume, with hundreds constructed. It was replaced by the Panther Kallista for the 1980s. The Turbo Lima was fitted with 14-inch alloy wheels, and had a Turbo graphic on the bonnet. Production lasted from 1976 through 1982 with 897 cars produced.
This Panther Lima was kept in a Vauxhall dealer's showroom for the first five years of its life, remaining unregistered until 1986. Fitted with the standard 2.3 litre Vauxhall engine and running gear it also has a pair of Weber carburettors, automatic gearbox and chrome wire wheels. The bodywork is finished in red and the seats have recently been re-trimmed in black and red leather. This Panther Lima is supplied with a full tonneau cover and a hood frame and has just had a full service, a new battery and fuel pump fitted. The heavy duty steel chassis has been fully wax oiled and as most of the body panels are GRP there are no rust worries; although the doors are the same as an MG Midget and are steel. Also supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in May 2014 and a file containing old MoT test certificates and some bills. This car is great fun to drive and is sure to attract lots of attention! Price Guide: £4,000-£5,000
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