Lot 285 - 1989 Panther Kallista
|Odometer reading||45,000 miles|
|Estimate||£7,000 - £12,000|
|Result||Sold - £7,280|
- One of just 77 remaining
- One owner from new
After financial troubles forced owner Robert Jankel to sell Panther, the marque ended up in the hands of a Korean conglomerate headed by the petrol head Young C Kim. Under Kim's stewardship, the Lima evolved into the Kallista, and Panther refocused its efforts into a more accessible end of the market. Unlike the Vauxhall based Lima, the Kallista used Ford mechanicals, including a range of engines from 1.6 litre straight four to a 2.9 litre Cologne V6. Like its predecessor, it featured styling resembling earlier Allard and Morgan cars. Instead of a glass fibre body, it used aluminium over a steel chassis, and the Vauxhall mechanicals were replaced by a series of Ford engines. Surprisingly popular and certainly capable, the Kallista kept the company afloat throughout the 1980s.
Originally registered to its one and only owner on 14th October 1989 this Kallista is presented in cream and gold with contrasting black sports trim. This 2.9 litre example of a rare Panther Kallista is offered with an MoT test certificate valid until July 2019, original bill of sale, a nice selection of historical documents and has been recently recomissioned. The sports exhaust sounds terrific and an original Blaupunkt Radio is still present. With just 77 Kallistas believed to be in existence and with such low mileage this has to be the ultimate opportunity for any potential Panther owner.
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