Dig This Crazy Pink Panthermobile

The Pink Panther was the coolest cat on television in the 60s and 70s, and even though he's had quite a few different shows he's best known for The Pink Panther Show, which ran on NBC from 1969 to 1976.

NBC obviously had faith that the show would succeed because they had this far out custom built Panthermobile made for the intro of the show:

(YouTube Link)

The Panthermobile measure 23 feet long, sports a seven-litre engine and a "Pleasure Capsule":

This part of the Panthermobile lives up to its name as it is tricked out with a bar; pink satin upholstery; pink shag carpet; an old school pink push button phone and seats already in the recline position. It was also equipped with a little black and white television and a camera that allowed the driver to spy on the party going on in the back.

Ten years ago the Panthermobile was sold at auction for $143,500, but when it reappeared at auction in 2011 the Panthermobile looked like something the cat coughed up.

Thankfully it was purchased by Galpin Auto Sports, who put in the time and money to restore the Panthermobile to its former fuzzy pink glory.

-Via Dangerous Minds

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When I was a kid, many moons ago, I had a set of stickers (as I recall... or maybe it was a booklet? Or a comic...?) featuring photos of the Pink Panthermobile, both inside and out. At the time, I thought it was the coolest car I'd ever seen, and even today, I haven't wavered from that view. :-)

P.S. You need to fix the link for Galpin Auto Sports. As of this writing, it has an extra html "br" code at the end of the url. (Just noticed it's also incorrect on the original Dangerous Minds article, so you can shift part of the blame to them. ;-) )
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