Thursday, July 15, 2021

Panther 6


Jan 1979 Road and Track

I always thought the reasons given for the F1 six wheel Tyrrell design might have been a bit exaggerated but it was certainly a novelty. The concept became the inspiration for this 1977 behemoth.

Robert Jankel, a tuner turned fashion designer left the garment trade and got back into the automotive business in 1971 by forming Panther Westwinds, building a Jaguar SS100 lookalike,  (expensive) one-offs and short run automobile specials. 

By 1976 he needed a new model and from the Tyrrell came the layout for this car. The prototype was first shown at the London Motorfair in October 1977, a bit too late as Tyrell had cancelled the 6 wheel program at the end of the 1976 season, so the purported advantages for this layout disappeared. Jankel continued on with his twin turbo-ed Cadillac powered beast but by 1979 the project fizzled out.There were apparently two prototypes made, and they still exist today. 

Panther story here.

Classified ad 1986


VectorWarbirds said...

That my friends is one ugly automobile.

Graysailor said...

What a truly awful car. I mean - it's expensive enough to buy four fairly high end tires, but six? Think of the maintenance requirements. And for what? How does it even turn? lol.