1949 Panther M100 Engine no. 9M178A
Lot 102
1949 Panther M100 Frame no. 16166 Engine no. 9M178A
US$ 9,000 - 12,000
£5,400 - 7,100
Lot Details
1949 Panther M100
Frame no. 16166
Engine no. 9M178A
It is hard to miss a Panther M100, what with its so-called "Sloper" motor, in this case featuring a 600cc cylinder that looks like it might have been taken from a radial aircraft engine and has been described as "firing once every lamp post." Used as a stressed member of the frame, the motor simply dominates any view of the bike. Panthers were produced by Phelon & Moore (P&M) in Cleckheaton, Yorkshire, and went by the ad slogan, "The Perfected Motorcycle." Amazingly, the M100 would start its production run in 1932 with a girder fork and hardtail frame, and continue through 1963 with a telescopic fork and swingarm rear suspension. A 650cc M120 version soldiered on until 1967, when the company was dissolved.

To many eyes the 1949 model with its Dowty air/oil tele-fork and rigid rear end is the best-looking of the M100s. No speedster, the Panther had a hard time topping 75mph, but was renowned for its pulling power and many were hooked up to sidecars. It is an endearing motorcycle with a strong following and an active club network. The Panther offered here is an older restoration that has covered just under 20,000 miles in total.
Activities
Lot symbols
Contacts
  1. David Swig
    Auction Administration - Motorcycles
    Bonhams
    Work
    220 San Bruno Avenue
    San Francisco, 94103
    United States
    Work +1 415 503 3285
    FaxFax: +1 415 391 4040
  2. Eric Minoff
    Auction Administration - Motorcycles
    Bonhams
    Work
    580 Madison Avenue
    New York, 10022
    United States
    Work +1 917 206 1630
    FaxFax: +1 917 206 1669
  3. Mark Osborne
    Specialist - Motorcycles
    Bonhams
    Work
    220 San Bruno Avenue
    San Francisco, 94103
    United States
    Work +1 415 503 3353
    FaxFax: +1 415 503 3300
  4. Nick Smith
    Specialist - Motorcycles
    Bonhams
    Work
    7601 W. Sunset Boulevard
    Los Angeles, 90046
    United States
    Work +1 323 436 5470
    FaxFax: +1 323 850 5843