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The Panthermobile is a show car built for the cartoon TV series The Pink Panther Show.[1]

Model kit of the Panthermobile
DesignerEd “Newt” Newton, Dan Woods, Joe Bailon, Bill “The Leadslinger” Hines, and Bill Honda
Body and chassis
Body styleFictional
Engine7 liter Oldsmobile
TransmissionOldsmobile front wheel drive



Called “the world’s most flamboyant vehicle”, the bright pink custom car was built in 1969 at Bob Reisner California Show Cars by Ed "Newt" Newton, TV personality Dan Woods, and customizers Joe Bailon, Bill "The Leadslinger" Hines, and Bill Honda.[2] It was used in the title and credit sequences of the original cartoon.[3]

It was one of several famous television show cars of the era, including the original Batmobile, the Monkeemobile, and the Munster Koach,[4] and one of many radical contemporary custom cars, such as Red Baron.

The Panthermobile cost $100,000 to build (1976 dollars).[5]


Built on an Oldsmobile Toronado chassis, [6] it measured 23 ft (700 cm) long and 6 ft (180 cm) wide, with an exposed driving compartment (requiring the driver to wear a helmet).[7] (In the cartoon's title sequence, the driver was a boy.) Instead of rearview mirrors, the driver had a camera and black-and-white television monitor.[8] The body is sheet metal, rather than fiberglass.[9]

Behind the open cockpit was a compartment, accessed by a large clamshell door opening to the curb side, which contained pink shag-covered reclining seats, square-tufted upholstery, half a dozen faux-fur pillows, a mobile phone, and a bar.[10] The upholstery was done by Joe Perez.[11]

The seven liter Oldsmobile V8 engine, longitudinally-mounted right behind the driver’s head,[12] drove the front wheels.[13]

The car was a challenge to drive, with the long snout.[14]


The Panthermobile was purchased at auction in 2011 and restored by Galpin Auto Sports in Los Angeles, California, under the supervision of Dave Shuten.[15] A complete restoration of the car's drivetrain, suspension, interior, and paint was required.[16]


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