The Panthermobile Was Made for One Thing and One Thing Only

Wet bar. Pink shag carpet. Bow chika wow wow.

April 6, 2017 9:00 am

No offense the original Batmobile, but if we’re picking our favorite car from a painfully dated television program, we’re taking the uber-groovy Panthermobile.

Designed as the flagship vehicle for The Pink Panther Show, which first aired in 1969, the Panthermobile is a 23-foot-long custom limo that’s built on a ‘60s Oldsmobile Toronado chassis. It is the ultimate slice of gaudy ’70s kitsch, and we love it. 

Safety was not the main concern during the crafting of the front-wheel-drive car: the driver’s seat is located outside the car directly in front of the vehicle’s seven-liter engine. However, the placement of the cockpit does allow the occupants of the thin-snouted car to enjoy some privacy.

Given the miniature wet bar and the full-on pink shag carpet, privacy is probably something you’d want if joyriding around in this whip.

Additional features on the car — which cost $100,000 to build and was sold at auction for substantially more than that in 2011 following a full restoration by Galpin Auto Sports — include two-piece clamshell doors, a backup camera linked to a small TV and a vintage ‘70s car phone.

If you’re a panther looking for a cougar, you could do a lot worse than this. Check out more looks in the full gallery below.

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