Panthermobile goes to auction (UPDATED)

Automotive Design 7 Sep 2011
Panthermobile goes to auction (UPDATED)

A rare prototype created in 1969 by Bob Reisner and featured in the Pink Panther Show aired on NBC until 1976 will be auctioned in the UK.

UPDATE: we have corrected some information on the car, which was a project by Bob Resiner and not by Jay Ohrberg, as stated in the original press release published by Robson Kay.

The information was kindly provided by David Fetherston, author of the book “Show Car Dreams”.

Pink Pather Car

At auction for only the second time, the rare original “Pink Panther” car is among the most singular movie and television vehicles ever produced.

This one-off automobile was created in 1969 as part of the popular Pink Panther Show, which aired in the United States on NBC from 1969 until 1976.

The car itself, known as the Panthermobile, played a major role in the show and exemplifies the whimsical-modern aesthetic of this era-defining television program.

The car was designed by Hollywood’s master vehicle designer Jay Ohrberg, who is known for having produced the world’s most coveted movie and television vehicles including Knight Rider K.I.T.T., Back To The Future DeLorean, 1966 Batman Batmobile, 1989 Batman Batmobile, Dukes of Hazzard General Lee, Starsky & Hutch Ford Gran Torino and even the Flintstones cars.

The car was created by Bob Reisner California Show Cars in collaboration with Dan Woods, Joe Bailon, Bill Hines and Bill Honda at the cost of $100,000 in 1976 dollars.

“From its very first showing, the Pink Panther stopped the crowd everywhere. It sat on a complete front-drive Oldsmobile Toronado chassis which allowed the driver to sit in front of the Playboy-inspired Pleasure Capsule cabin behind.” (from “Show Car Dreams” by David Fetherston)

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The auction is being run by auctioneers Robson Kay via and ends at 13:00 Friday 14th October. The estimated price ranges between £50,000 and £100,000.

For more information on how to bid or how to view the car after its appearance at Chelsea Auto Legends, visit or

From the official Press Release:

Pink Pather Car The Pink Panther car was understood to be owned by Mr. Ohrberg until it was entered into auction in June 2007 by COYS. It was then bought for £88,000 by the current owner.

The vehicle is in totally original condition and would benefit from some sympathetic restoration as the car is now 42 years old.

The engine is not currently running, but it was believed to be working when the vehicle was sold in 2007.

As the car is not street-legal, it does not come with a Swansea V5.

It is being offered for sale via an online auction starting on Sunday 4th September to coincide with the cars appearance at the Chelsea Auto Legends Show on the same day.

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