Reg Number:815 FXK
One of the very earliest manufacturers of real motorcycles, as opposed to motorised bicycles, the Yorkshire firm of P&M, later Panther, had even by 1904 very advanced engines with chain drive and 2 speed countershaft gearing. Always just a little different to the common herd of contemporary motorbikes, the Panther in the very early years could be had with ninety degree v twin, vertical twin, unit construction transverse mounted twin and two- stroke configured power units. The models most familiar to most motorcyclists would perhaps be the large, powerful but lean and purposeful looking Panthers with their forward canted 'sloper' type engines forming an integral stressed frame member, made up until the old firm ceased production around 1965.
This Panther is a 1963 model 120 650cc. single sloper engined version which looks to be in excellent, recently restored condition. It's gleaming black paintwork set off nicely by the distinctive polished alloy crankcases, separate gearbox, long graceful chrome plated exhaust pipe and silencer, the bike is described by the entrant as 'all good' on the sale particulars. Built tough in Yorkshire, as is verified by the considerable number of survivors, the Panther was always regarded as a quality machine available at a reasonable price, a sentiment that is as true today as ever it was.
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