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Panther Rio. 1975–7 (prod. 38 sold). 4-door saloon. F/R, 1854, 1998 cm³ (I4 OHC). Car “couturier” Robert Jankel of Panther Westwinds believed there was a market for a smaller-sized luxury saloon in the wake of the fuel crisis. Using the Triumph Dolomite (1972–80) as the basis, Panther built a saloon to an extremely high, limousine-like quality. Rio Especial was based around Triumph Dolomite Sprint. Extravagant price: the Especial cost nearly £2,000 more than the Jaguar XJ12.

Manufacturing location: Byfleet, Surrey, England

Marque: Panther

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Austin Rover Online: Panther Rio

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