The Chicago Car Club is interested in classic cars of all makes and models, especially a Panther Lima. We make the process of selling your Panther Lima quick and painless. In just a matter of hours we will have your classic valued and, if you do so choose, turned into money in your pocket. All it takes is a phone call or electronic inquiry to get the ball rolling.
The Lima was a small 2-seater roadster built by Panther Westwinds, a British coachbuilder, between 1976 and 1982. The Lima was the most popular of the Panther cars, with 1000 sold throughout the length of the manufacturing run. The car was designed by Panther founder Robert Jenkel. The Lima had a Vauxhall Magnum underpan as a base for a body that was similar to a classic 1930s style Morgan roadster.
Panther model Lima belongs to sports car class, representing the “S” class market segment. It was built for both the European and North American markets, but 80% were exported. This 2-door roadster body type used RWD (rear-wheel drive) and a manual 4-speed transmission. It used a petrol (gasoline) engine with displacement of 2279 cm3 / 139 cui, advertised power: 81 kW / 109 hp / 110 PS, and produced torque of 187.5 Nm / 138 lb-ft. It was a very lightweight car with a base curb weight of 885 kg / 1951 lbs. It had a top speed: 180 km/h or 112 mph, as declared by the factory. This made for a fun drivers’ car with a 0-60 mph time of just 7.6 seconds and a 0-100 km/h of only 8 seconds.
Early Lima cars used a standard Vauxhall Magnum underpan. Second generation Limas used a tubular frame with Magnum running gear. The suspension used coil springs and independent front suspension, with front wheel discs.
The Lima Series 2 also had the 2.3 litre engine, but came with a stronger chassis and interior improvements such as a walnut dash. Around 300 of these later cars were built from 1978 to 1980. Some cars produced were not counted in official figures, because they were assembled from stock in Vauxhall garages.