1949 Panther M100 Frame no. 16166 Engine no. 9M178A
Lot 102
1949 Panther M100
Frame no. 16166 Engine no. 9M178A
US$ 9,000 - 12,000
£7,100 - 9,400

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1949 Panther M100 Frame no. 16166 Engine no. 9M178A 1949 Panther M100 Frame no. 16166 Engine no. 9M178A 1949 Panther M100 Frame no. 16166 Engine no. 9M178A 1949 Panther M100 Frame no. 16166 Engine no. 9M178A
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.
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