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1975-1977 PANTHER Rio specifications

1975-1977 PANTHER Rio specifications Classic and Performance Car

The Panther Rio was always destined to fail. It was a good idea by Robert Jankel to launch a car that offered top-drawer luxury in a more manageable package, but the execution was spoiled by the fact that the Rio too closely resembled the car it was based on – the Triumph Dolomite. The body was re-skinned in hand-beaten aluminium, and that pushed the price up to such a degree that for the cost of a Rio Especiale you could buy a Jaguar XJ12 and still have some money left over. A surprising number of the original 35 still survive, and good ones are sought after.

Production

  • Production:
    35
  • Price at launch:
    £5,377
  • Price (excellent)
    £5,000
  • Price (good):
    £3,000
  • Price (average):
    £1,500
  • Price (project):
    £700

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    9.6secs
  • Top speed:
    115.0mph
  • Power:
    127.0bhp
  • Torque:
    124.0lb/ft

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line four
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Steering:
    N/A
  • Bodyframe:
    metal monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual with overdrive

Dimensions

  • Weight:
    1100kgs

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