If you could write a book about a classic, which one would it be?

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tomstimemachine
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I would love to fully research the story behind the Panther Six, and the construction of the original prototype that utilized so much of the handbuilt quality and craftsmanship that went into their exquisite J72's and DeVille's. Amongst the established exotica that ruled the mid-Seventies, the unique design created by Wayne Cherry and Geoff Lawson truly stood a chance of "out Countaching the Countach" in a way that Aston Martin and Jaguar failed to achieve post DB5 and E-Type - plus, the car had the feel, and class, of a Bentley, and a presence and claimed speed to rival any other dream car. It would also be nice to sort out, once and for all, the myths behind the history of car number 1 and car number 2 and more about the factory at Canada Road, Byfleet. I feel very little is known of Robert Jankel's small car company and ultimately the fall of Panther Westwinds, amidst the Delorean affair as the Government was pumping so much into an American-based car when we had a small British manufacturer in need of just a small rescue package. I am hoping to put together a Web-page devoted to the Six - it's just a shame that the man behind it's creation is no longer with us.

I would love to fully research the story behind the Panther Six, and the construction of the original prototype that utilized so much of the handbuilt quality and craftsmanship that went into their exquisite J72's and DeVille's.
Amongst the established exotica that ruled the mid-Seventies, the unique design created by Wayne Cherry and Geoff Lawson truly stood a chance of "out Countaching the Countach" in a way that Aston Martin and Jaguar failed to achieve post DB5 and E-Type - plus, the car had the feel, and class, of a Bentley, and a presence and claimed speed to rival any other dream car.
It would also be nice to sort out, once and for all, the myths behind the history of car number 1 and car number 2 and more about the factory at Canada Road, Byfleet.
I feel very little is known of Robert Jankel's small car company and ultimately the fall of Panther Westwinds, amidst the Delorean affair as the Government was pumping so much into an American-based car when we had a small British manufacturer in need of just a small rescue package.
I am hoping to put together a Web-page devoted to the Six - it's just a shame that the man behind it's creation is no longer with us.

martin thaddeus
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Hello Again

 

The Panther six would  in detail would certainly be of intersest.  I remember the fuss it caused in the media and at the Motor show that year ( which was at the NEC for the first time)  The Panther stand was gridlocked with people busting a gut trying to lean across and touch the cars.

I was doing product design and the combination of engineering craftsmanship and stonking futuristic looks got my juices flowing.

But I do seriously doubt the claimed top speed.

This idea has gotten me thinkiing... Is there a definitive book on the post Aston works of the great William Towns?

THADDEUS

fergieswatchmaker
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Deviating from James’s brief slightly, mine would be a
hefty, photo-driven effort covering the British motoring landscape up to, say,
the 1970s.

There'd be chapters
featuring the buildings associated with motoring; showrooms, workshops, petrol
stations and so on - buildings which, like the cars they provided for, had character.

I'd include a section showing
cars in the high street, long before retail parks took over the world (a nice
excuse to spot some of the many retailers no longer with us – “John Collier,
John Collier, the window to watch!”).

Maybe some factory /
proving ground pics, too – you get the drift.

I don’t know whether my
brainchild would make any money, but I’d have a lot of fun putting it together!

martin thaddeus
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Well Mr.Watchmaker  I get the idea and like it.  The thing about classic motors is not always about the high priced supercars, Its about our history, those bits of our lives we would like to get a tiny giimse off every now and then. Pink parrafin, Esso blue, Regent kites, world cup coins, Watneys red barrel, putting a tiger in your tank, walls funny faces and tunnocks wafers.

THADDEUS

PaulJ
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Hi james,

Excellent thread idea.  My suggestion would be the history/development story behind the Beach Buggy craze of the 60/70's.  This could veer off into various Pop, film, off-road competition and advertising connections.

As an aside, in a driving carreer of 40 years of various sports/classic/wierd vehicles, my old GP swb Beach Buggy remains the only car in which a bikini clad girl has wandered up to me and asked for a ride in my car!  (Blackrock Sands in the summer of '76).

I saw a metalflake blue buggy recently near Litchfield and for a split second wished I was driving it, and not my Cayman R.  (Sorry for bringing up a VW connection again Porsche).

Superaquarama
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Borgward ?

relgycandy
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this time should be a long overdue English version.

 

 

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AlanLowery
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If I'm given the chance, I would write best mystery books. That is what I love and what I used to do. I've been into reading those kind of books since I was in college.

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Hot Hatches from the 80's and 90's. Defining cars in their own right - spawned and immortalised by the original Golf GTi. And never enough credit given to them. Often overlooked in terms of 'classic' status, (except it's ok for Golf GTi's and 205 GTi's to be seen as classics?). Totally barmy as they is all still influencing automotive design and model production to this day, innit..!