Panther was started in Surrey, England in 1972 and quickly found a niche building retro-styled sports cars with the underpinnings of contemporary automobiles like Triumphs, Vauxhalls and Fords. Panthers offered the styling of such cars as the Jaguars, Roll-Royces and Morgans of old with the increased reliability of more modern running gear, and this was a combination that many sports car buyers both desired and appreciated. The Kallista, whose name was derived from a Greek word meaning “small and beautiful”, was first introduced in 1982 to replace the Vauxhall-powered Lima. Powered by a Ford 1.6 litre four, it would serve as the company’s volume model for the rest of the decade. The Panther proved a successful and long-lived model for Panther, but even during its most successful year in 1984 only 401 were built, with less than half destined for export. Today Panthers are appreciated on their own as unusual, collectible automobiles that combine classic looks with modern drivability.
This 1984 Panther Kallista is a remarkably original example showing just 7,000 miles that has always been pampered and properly cared for in between occasional periods of use. It is finished in British Racing Green and has a tan leather interior piped in black, black carpets, black vinyl top, tan vinyl top boot, black tonneau cover, chrome bumpers, chrome wire wheels, Michelin tires and a rear-mounted spare wheel with tan cover. It also has a badge bar with driving lights and club badges, wood dash, AM/FM cassette stereo, and original owner's manual. A long-time piece in a collection, it has always been properly maintained and operated with care. A rare hand-built English sports car with almost no miles on it and reliable Ford power, it is ready to fire up and enjoy.