late 1950s panther m120, 650cc
the final development of the famous sloper saw the engine enlarged to 650cc, substantial swinging arm rear suspension, fully interchangeable full width hubs with some of the more effective brakes of the period, and an increase in power. the m120 is not generally considered as reliable as the m100 but an impressive number of them are still on the road for all that and one was recently ridden by des molloy from beijing in china across the gobi, some of the highest mountains in the world and the roughest dirt roads to holland without much trouble (broken fork stanchion not-withstanding). they handle well, are comfortable to ride and actually stop! slightly quicker than the m100, they make a good long range tourer and of course are the quintessential sidecar bike, as the massive torque enables substantial weight to be pulled with comparative ease. on the other hand, as any panther owner will tell you, oil consumption can border on the gargantuan! more information
Panther Model 120
The Panther Model 120 was made between 1965 and 1971 by Phelon & Moore. An enlarged Panther Model 100, the 120 had a reputation for being less reliable with a tendency for rapid clutch wear, problematical roller bearings and heavy oil consumption. As competitors produced modern designs, Panther ran into trouble obtaining supplies of Burman gearboxes and Lucas Magdynos, so production ceased in 1966 and the company was wound up.
panther austin 7
As the 1930's opened the firm had a modern, balanced product line. The 250 Panthette vee twin had been replaced by a range of Villiers powered lightweights displacing between 147cc and 247cc which, thanks to their low cost and sound engineering sold well in a difficult market. These were complimented by three large capacity singles, the Model 50 displacing 499cc and the 594cc Model 60 and 85 Redwing. These handsome machines all featured the sloping cylinder, and a twin port head with the exhausts terminating in a pair lozenge shaped silencers equipped with fishtail outlets which combined to give the machines a rakish air. The modern styling was enhanced by a nicely profiled saddle tank and the dry sump lubrication system ensured that there was no unnecessary clutter spoiling the motorcycles lines under the saddle. The over head valve engine transmitted its power via a three speed gearbox and chain final drive. Image provided by www.classic-auctions.co.uk.
1934 red panther - 250cc
Panther Model 100
The Panther Model 100 was a British motorcycle.It had a 598cc, 6.5:1 compression ratio, 87 x 100 mm, ohv sloper engine in a frame where the engine replaces the front down-tube. Panthers were manufactured in Cleckheaton, Yorkshire, UK from 1900 to 1967. Launched in 1932, the Model 100 continued through to 1963. While the engine and overall layout stayed essentially the same, the specifications steadily evolved over these thirty or so years.
1947 panther 60
very rare panther model 60 1947 250cc.
1949 panther ts 98
Panther Model 75
The Model 75 Panther motorcycle had a 348cc, 6.5:1 (later 6.7:1) compression ratio, 71 x 88 mm, ohv vertical engine in a relatively standard frame. It was developed from the 1948 Model 70. In many respects it was similar to the 248cc Model 65. The Model 75 had Lucas K1F magneto ignition.
1950 panther m75
the model 75 panther motorcycle had a 348cc, 6.5:1 (later 6.7:1) compression ratio, 71 x 88 mm, ohv vertical engine in a relatively standard frame. it was developed from the 1948 model 70. in many respects it was similar to the 248cc model 65. the model 75 had lucas k1f magneto ignition. the gearbox was burman cp four speed unit with a ratio of 5.25:1. the frame was a heavy duty cradle with a single saddle down tube. a swinging arm model was introduced in 1953. the dowty forks that initially provided front suspension were later replaced with the p&m telescopic forks. wheels were 26 x 3.25 front and rear initially with 6 half width hubs and later optional alloy hubs were offered.
panther 1952 model 65 ridgid single, 250cc single
after the war panther designed a new upright engine and a more substantial and considerably taller frame. whilst these lightweights are generally sound reliable machines, they are undoubtedly heavier and less nimble than their earlier equaivalents with the sloping engine. best known amongst them is the stroud, now very rare which was the panther competition motorcycle of the period. the 65s and 75s were designed primarily as a modest commuting bike for the working man coming home from the war into austerity britain. this they performed this function well and rather like their predecessors have an unburstable engine and rather like their heavyweight cousins appear to be addictive to a certain type of owner rider.
1953 panther m100r, 600cc
1955 panther m100 rigid - 600cc, four-speed manual
the rigid panther m100 with dowty forks is, in my opinion the prettiest motorcycle ever produced and for me, one of the best. they have an enviable reputation for reliability and a surprising turn of speed (they are good for 80mph), low centre of gravity and the wonderful air-spring dowty front suspension and they made for an exceptionally comfortable machine. the relaxed, unstressed nature of the large single cyclinder engine makes for a wonderfully stress free ride with little vibration, and their predictable, if somewhat less than sports handling gives them a feeling of great stability. the dowty forks were only available for a few years after the war (pre-war have girder forks) before panther designed their own telescopic forks. these, or at least their second attempt, are quite good but do little to enhance the looks and add to the weight. produced from the late 20s until the early 1957 as a rigid and until 1962 with panthers rather overweight swinging arm, they have one of the longest production runs in motorcycle history, only the bmw boxer twin beats them. they also hold one of the more remarkable endurance records. in 1939 an m100 panther was ridden non-stop at the maximum permitted road speeds, day and night, in the middle of winter, between london and leeds for 10,000 miles averaging over 1100 miles a day and 40 mph including the days of heavy snow, frost, fog, rain and normal british winter roads. the bike required almost no attention (broken chain, petrol pipe and fibre dog on the magneto).
1956 panther 197cc
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1957 panther model 10
1958 panther model 100
built in cleckheaton, yorkshire, panther's had an enviable reputation for their sturdiness and longevity. their long stroke 600cc engine made them ideal for use with a sidecar and has resulted in tales of stump pulling torque and firing intervals measured in lampposts passing into motorcycling folklore. by 1957 the majority of the model 100's sold were equipped with a pivoted fork frame although a few, such as the one offered were built with rigid frames.
Panther Model 100S Deluxe
1959 panther 35
1959 panther m100 sidecar
Panther Model 50
Panther Model 50. Villiers 3T engine, known as a 350 its actually 325 cc. Used in many British two strokes, James, Greeves, Excelsior, F Barnet etc Originally registered in 1959 now with non transferable age related number. This is one of only some 237 ever sold. Successful over many years with their famous sloper heavyweights, Panther also sold many two strokes, notably the 250cc 2T engine this was P & M's attempt at a faster middleweight, with more pulling power. Has the heavyweight forks, plus 8" brakes front and rear, A unique valanced front mudguard and bathtub rear enclosure. These machines were never common and being complete is one of very few survivors, rare with all its original tinware.
1960 panther 100 deluxe
1960 panther 3t
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1960 panther m120s
phelon and moor panther m120s combo.
1960 panther model 100
the panther model 100 formed part of the three bike range which panther announced when production recommenced in 1945. initially, girder forks were fitted; however these were replaced with dowty oleomatic items in 1947. in 1954 panther introduced a pivoted fork frame together with conventional telescopic forks manufactured in house. throughout this period the 100 retained a twin port head, however in 1957 a new model joined the panther range in the form of the model 100 de luxe with the existing model becoming known as the standard. the standard adopted a new single port head and a single sided front brake. image provided by www.classic-auctions.com.
Panther 3T Villiers
1961 panther model 100
the cleackheaton built panther single adhered to the basic design philosophy established in the pioneer years by p and m with an inclined cylinder replacing the front frame downtube. although viewed as a sidecar tug by many the big pussy offered soloists an entertaining ride thanks to its prodigious torque output. unfortunately, by the time this example was produced the marques all important sidecar market was in with production eventually ceasing in 1968. image provided by www.classic-auctions.com.
Panther Model 120
1962 panther 120
1963 panther m120
1966 panther 250 twin
1976 panther 175 super sport