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henk4 10-31-2005 03:02 AM

Panther Solo 2
 
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Panther Solo

A “could have been” that never really took of. It was presented in 1987 as an AWD mid engined sportscar by the British Panther company, which at that time was already owned by a Korean industrialist. It was actually called the Solo 2 as the Solo 1 was a 1600 cc prototype, which was unlikely to be able to compete with Toyota’s MR2 and was therefore abandoned.
The new car featured an aluminium and carbonfibre monocoque. Propulsion was done by a 2 litre turbocharged Ford Sierra inline four, giving about 200 bhp. Zero to hundred was said to be done within 7 seconds and topspeed was about 235 kph.

Despite these promising specs the car was not a success. Some sources say 34 examples exist, other mention that only 12 were ever sold. No further cars were produced by Panther after this.

Shown is an example presented in one of the second floor halls at the Essen Technoclassica in 2004

TVR IS KING 10-31-2005 03:09 AM

what a great story. is panther featured on ucp?

henk4 10-31-2005 03:49 AM

[QUOTE=TVR IS KING]what a great story. is panther featured on ucp?[/QUOTE]

it is now:D

dydzi 10-31-2005 04:21 AM

[QUOTE=henk4]No further cars were produced by Panther after this.[/QUOTE]

what about panther solo 3?

[img]http://www.mcarsweb.com/panther/solo3.jpg[/img]

henk4 10-31-2005 04:34 AM

that indeed is confusing as you publish the only pic available of the Solo 3. Nowhere could I find any description of the technical differences between the 2 and 3, and reported production figures vary between 40 and 12, and sometimes 12 is being related to the 3. The "Panther club homepage" also does not provide much info.

The car in my pic was reported sold earlier this year for 14,000 pound.

Any further info would be welcome, it is always nice to solve mysteries:)

dydzi 10-31-2005 04:48 AM

i don't have any info about that car right now as well, but what i think is that panther solo 3 was only a solo ii with some minor changes to make it look more attractive

panthersolo 06-26-2009 05:16 AM

i have a solo
 
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solo 1 from what i have heard got cut into 4 parts and they were then used to make the mock up of the solo 2.

there are about 25 ish solo 2 cars around but only around 13/14 were sold to customers the rest came from pre production cars made for crash testing, customer test drives etc i think most of these pre production cars were given away to people of panther car company. i have read also that one was converted to run a rover v8 and be rear wheel drive but i think it got shipped to korea/japan when panther closed its doors.

solo 3 in the picture is really a solo 2 in a dress ! the koreans had some of the english panther workers shipped over to refit it as a prototype solo 3 which was planned to have a merc v8 planted into it. i have tried to find out details about it and think its in the korean car makers collection somewhere no dont never to be seen again.

if anyone else knows anything about the cars would be great to hear from them , my solo2 is number 24.

henk4 06-26-2009 05:36 AM

Welcome to UCP, and congratulations on this rara avis. Judging from the picture there are some more examples existing? Any idea how many? Is there a chassis register? and for most of us, how does it/she actually drive?

IBrake4Rainbows 06-26-2009 05:40 AM

The Panther Solo 3 looks like it was taken on a Ssangyong stand (or at least nearby). As that is what the badge is on the right hand side of the picture.

I would suggest perhaps the photo was taken in the early 1990's.

panthersolo 06-26-2009 05:52 AM

solo
 
she drives great, can be a bit load at times but a great car with lots of space inside. im still fixing her up really and finding out what parts came from wear as most bits seem to come from ford or other companies like the front indictor lights are off a alfa spider!

and yes panther was taken over by sangyong they have a link to the solo3

[URL="http://www.smotor.com/en/overview/solo3.jsp"]http://www.smotor.com/en/overview/solo3.jsp[/URL]

there is also a solo le mans car but no idea if that has anything to do with the panther solo

[URL="http://www.smotor.com/en/overview/solo_lemans.jsp"]http://www.smotor.com/en/overview/solo_lemans.jsp[/URL]

for a list of solo 2 cars best look at this link

[url=http://www.pantherclub.co.uk/Georges/solo/solo.htm]Another Solo joins the Club...[/url]

my car is number 24 the green one

henk4 06-26-2009 06:09 AM

Thanks, the "smotor" links seem not to be in working order, at least here.
On the basis of the chassis list, is the car shown in the first post chassis #15?

LeonOfTheDead 06-26-2009 06:10 AM

a warm welcome to ucp, and nice car too!
thanks for the additional info :)

EDIT: first two links are dead here

panthersolo 06-26-2009 06:19 AM

sorry about the links to smotor hope they dont scrap these pages but anyway i think numbers 1 to 19 or 20 were the pre production cars used for the crash testing etc so i think numbers 1 - 10 may well be very dead.

some sad news i did hear was when the koreans closed the panther uk site and wanted to change production to korea just about all spares and tooling was taken including 150 sets of recaro (sorry my spelling is bad) to korea. this is when solo 3 was pushed and when no one paid attention they scrapped everything and put it into landfil! only thing to still be around is the solo 3 prototype somewhere i think.

panthersolo 06-26-2009 06:30 AM

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here are some images of the my car while when i started work on it

note as well how they have to place the motor in at an angle !

ruim20 06-26-2009 06:42 AM

Wow, welcome to UCP, Congratz on driving a piece of automotive history! ;)


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