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0 late 1950s panther m120, 650cc 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
0 Panther Model 120 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.
1927 panther austin 7 panther austin 7 The machine is a 1927 or 1928 phelon & moore, later know as a panther. it has been fitted with an early 1926 or 1927, magneto ignition austin 7 engine. we understand 6 of these machines were built and sold as a “pegasus by a local man, mr mccolkin who was the chief rate fixer for douglas motorcycles in bristol.

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1930 Panther 500 1930 Panther 500 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 The 250 Panthette vee twin had been replaced by a range of Villiers powered lightweights displacing between 147cc and 247cc which, thanks to their low cost and sound engineering sold well in a difficult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 1934 red panther - 250cc red panther - 250cc 193 Strictly speaking the name red panther belongs to those 250cc machines sold by pride and clarke for £28/17/6d in the years from 1933 to about 1939 , but is often used to describe all the 250cc and 350cc 4 stroke panthers with a sloping engine built between 1932 and 1948. red panthers were basic versions of the ‘de-luxe’ panthers made by p&m but employing somewhat cheaper components and were painted with cellulose paint rather than stove enamel. the red panthers were then sold in bulk to pride and clarke whilst the manufacturer continued to sell the de-luxe version themselves. the large volumes of red panthers sold through pride and clarke are generally credited with saving p&m during the pre-war depression years. the 250 and 350 lightweight panthers (models 20 and 30 respectively from pride and clarke, or model 70 and 80 as the de-luxe version from p&m - and after the war model 60 and 70) are delightful bikes to ride. whilst the 250 is somewhat lacking in power compared to the 350, all these 4-stroke lightweights are great fun to ride. they handle extremely well, have a lively, and for the time high revving engine, carry little surplus weight and are generally robust and reliable with a good turn of speed. they were also very economical with the 250cc version managing about 100mpg, something that was a good selling point in the pre-war years (as it is now!).
1936 Panther Model 100 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.

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1937 Panther M100 Panther M100
1947 1947 panther 60 panther 60 1947 Very rare panther model 60 1947 250cc.
1949 1949 panther ts 98 panther ts 98 1949

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1949 Panther Model 75 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 1950 panther m75 panther m75 1950 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.
1952 panther 1952 model 65 ridgid single, 250cc single 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 1953 panther m100r, 600cc panther m100r, 600cc 1953

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1955 1955 panther m100 rigid - 600cc, four-speed manual panther m100 rigid - 600cc, four-speed manual 1955 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 197cc Panther 1956 197cc Panther Image provided courtesey of www.andybuysbikes.com.
1956 1956 panther 197cc panther 197cc 1956 Image supplied by www.andybuysbikes.com

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1956 Panther 1956 Panther 250
1957 1957 panther model 10 panther model 10 1957 197cc, two-stroke.
1958 Panther 65 Panther 65

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1958 1958 panther model 100 panther model 100 1958 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.
1958 Panther Model 100S Deluxe 1958 Panther Model 100S Deluxe594cc
1959 1959 panther 35 panther 35 1959 250cc
1959 1959 panther m100 sidecar panther m100 sidecar 1959

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1959 Panther Model 50 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 1960 panther 100 deluxe panther 100 deluxe 1960
1960 1960 panther model 100 panther model 100 1960 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.

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1960 1960 panther m120s panther m120s 1960 Phelon and moor panther m120s combo.
1960 1960 panther 3t panther 3t 1960 325cc image supplied by www.andybuysbikes.com
1960 Panther 3T Villiers 2-stroke, 324cc.

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1961 1961 panther model 100 panther model 100 1961 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.
1961 Panther Model 120 Panther Model 120
1962 1962 panther 120 panther 120 1962 650cc.
1963 1963 panther m120 panther m120 1963 650cc single.

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1966 1966 panther 250 twin panther 250 twin 1966
1976 1976 panther 175 super sport panther 175 super sport 1976



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