1986 Panther Kallista Roadster
The Panther Kallista was designed by Robert Jankel and was
hand-assembled by Panther Westwinds in its factory on the grounds
of the Brooklands race circuit in England. The Panther Car Company
low volume hand-crafted builder of replicas of the 1930s vintage
classic cars. The company was later sold and became the Panther
West Winds Ltd. Company. Upon purchase, the company's mission
changed as well. They now produced a wide range of automobiles over
the years ranging from contemporary sedans to open two-seaters in
similar fashion and allure as the pre-war sports cars.
This Kallista, which was named after the Greek word meaning 'small
and beautiful', was built beginning in 1983 and imported into the
United States beginning in 1985 carrying a sticker price of
Kallista proved to be a popular vehicle, but the pricing and
hand-built nature of the car slowed production to just 1,695
examples, of which only 148 made it to the United States.
Showing signal red original paint scheme, the exterior is dented
with chipping on some surfaces and is in need of restoration. White
belting starts at the front grille, and heads to the rear of the
car ending at the mid door point. Some denting is seen on the
outboard fenders, as well as the running boards. Chrome is pitted
and has dark painted areas that are chipping. The plastic front
grille is intact, however shows sun fading. Headlights and bullet
fender mounted turn signals show in good condition. Some reflectors
on the edges of the fenders are broken. The convertible top is in
poor condition, with areas of rotting, and tears. The boot for the
top appears in good condition. Exterior chrome window surround is
rough, spoked wheels are in nice condition, but appear to be
missing the Panther logo on the center hub, which is present on the
Bucket seats do not appear to be in the original leather. They are
in need of a reupholster as the interior foam has lost its
resilience. All wood veneer on door panels and dash is cracked or
totally gone, as well as glove box door is missing. Door panels are
original and are covered in black vinyl with Panther logo in them.
Crank mechanisms are very loose and seem stripped a bit. Carpeting
is good, center console is worn, and steering wheel appears to be
original. Gauges are analog and sit in the wood veneer dash.
A 2.3liter I4 engine is topped by a 2-barrel carburetor. A 4-speed
manual transmission, A-arm suspension in front, coil spring in the
rear, with front disc and rear drum brakes complete the package.
Underside view shows some oiling.
Only 148 Panther Kallista models made it to the US shores. A
hand-built car, who's styling is reminiscent of the Allard, Morgan
or Lotus 7, this example is in need to some TLC. The structure is
there, however some cosmetic, as well as mechanical issues will
need to be addressed prior to the enjoyment of this car.
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 100 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. A 450 barn find
collection is currently on display.
This vehicle is in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania,
conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76
Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and
our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for
more information or to come see the vehicle in person.