The Chicago Car Club is interested in classic cars of all makes and models, especially a Panther Rio. We make the process of selling your Panther Rio 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 Rio was a car built by the British coachbuilder Panther Westwinds, between 1975 and 1979. It used the chassis and other mechanicals from a Triumph Dolomite car. The car was no replica however. It had a new body made of hand-hammered aluminum body panels. The interior was finely appointed, featuring luxury features such as a walnut dash. It was the company’s aim to appeal to existing owners of luxury brands such as Rolls-Royce.
The Rio was a front-engined car using rear wheel drive. It was a 4-door car that seated 4 adults within a luxurious cabin. It had either a 1854cc or 1998cc engine. The 16-valve engine could propel the car 115 mph. It could accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 8.7 seconds, which was fast for a large saloon bodied car.
The interior of the car featured fine Connally leather, burr walnut veneer, plush carpeting and other trimmings that would would normally find in a well-appointed limousine. The clientele was largely business persons and celebrities, such as actors or heads of state.
The cost of the Panther Rio Especiale, at £8996, was much more than the donor car. A standard Dolomite Sprint car cost £2937. It cost more than a high end Jaguar of its time. Because of its cost, its appeal was limited to a small market segment, sales lagged. Only 38 were produced.