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Panther Kallista
Panther-kallista
Manufacturer Panther Car Company
Parent company SsangYong Motor Company
Production 1982 - 1990
73 produced by "SsangYong"
Assembly Weybridge, England
Predecessor Panther Lima
Body style(s) 2-door roadster
Layout FR layout
Engine(s) 1.6L Ford I4
2.8L Ford Cologne V6
2.9L Ford Cologne V6
Transmission(s) 4-speed manual
3-speed automatic
Wheelbase 100.4 in (2550 mm)
Length 151.6 in (3851 mm)
Width 66.5 in (1689 mm)
Height 50.0 in (1270 mm)
Curb weight 2,127 lb (965 kg)[1]
Designer Robert Jankel

The Kallista replaced the Panther Lima as Panther Car Company's volume model for the 1980s. Unlike the Vauxhall-based Lima, the Kallista used Ford mechanicals, including a range of engines from 1.6 L straight-4 to 2.9 L Cologne V6. The later SsangYong-built models of the 1990s used a 2.3 L engine.

The Kallista used an aluminium body over a purpose-built steel chassis. Performance was good, with a sprint to 60 mph (96.6 km/h) taking under 8 seconds.

The Kallista was produced from 1982 through 1990 until SsangYong Motor Company released a badge engineered version in 1992 called the SsangYong Kallista. Only 78 of the SsangYong models were ever built.[2]

PreservationEdit

These sports cars can be seen at owners club events and the odd example can be seen at shows with a Classic cars section.

photos
Panther Kallista - D620 PVP at (5) Carrington 2011 - IMG 6659

D620 PVP at Carrington Steam Rally in 2011

Panther Kallista white

A European registered car

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