OMG! The Original 'Panthermobile' Is Up For Sale

By Meera Dolasia on September 2, 2011

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While in the modern day Pink Panther movies, the bumbling Inspector Jacques Clouseau seems to stick to smaller ordinary cars, in the original 1969 cartoon series, he and his animated pink panther partner, always drove a sleek, futuristic-looking vehicle. Turns out, that the Panthermobile not only still exists, but is also, currently up for sale.

Besides the really cool shape the vehicle is also unique because of its bright pink exterior and interior - The only parts spared from the pink are its steering wheel and tires! Also, the front seat features an open roof and fits only the driver - All passengers are relegated to the back, hidden under the car's covered area.  

Featured prominently in the original cartoon's opening and closing sequence, the panthermobile was designed by Jay Ohrberg, a Hollywood car designer who is also responsible for the sleek Delorean in the 'Back To The Future' series of movies, the 1966 and 1989 Batmobiles, as well as, David Hasselhoff's intelligent and undestructible partner - KITT in the Knight Rider television show.

Apparently, Mr. Ohrberg loved his pink creation so much that he owned the car until 2007. It was only when the cartoon series moved to another television station and the opening and  no longer featured the car, that he parted with it, for a princely sum of $130,136USD. Five years later, the Panthermobile is in the market again and is expected to fetch over $180,000 USD.

Wondering why such a rare car would be priced so reasonably? Well, there is the catch - While it was roadworthy when Mr. Ohrberg owned it, turns out that its engine is not so good anymore and the car cannot be driven - But, what's another few thousand dollars to get a brand new engine when you have the opportunity to buy history? Don't your agree?

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  • crystal Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 8:43 am
    that is so cool !!!
    • abellie
      abellieThursday, September 8, 2011 at 7:47 am
      that is sooo cool yay!
      • kaylamarie101
        kaylamarie101Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 8:04 am
      • mzm (:Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 7:38 am
        thats a cool car..
        • arielThursday, September 8, 2011 at 7:14 am
          thats really cool wish i could have the only problem is the pink
          • a personThursday, September 8, 2011 at 5:53 am
            i want it!!! Its mine!!!
            • iYoutuberWednesday, September 7, 2011 at 5:25 pm
              Cool even though I hate pink...I love the pink panther!!!!!
              • john
                johnWednesday, September 7, 2011 at 5:16 pm
                I like the design.
                • heyWednesday, September 7, 2011 at 2:05 pm
                  i know i want it!!!!!!!!! love the site thanks teacher :)
                  • snookieWednesday, September 7, 2011 at 1:08 pm
                    • pink_person
                      pink_personWednesday, September 7, 2011 at 1:06 pm
                      i had to do a report on this for school... and i had no idea that dogonews could be a really good place for current news for kids!! i mean like is not like im gonna use the newspaper... like who reads the newspaper anymore? and im certainly NOT gonna use tv news shows like action news, cnn or world news... they have bad stuff on there... i mean like seriously! im gonna use use until i turn like 18, then i can take the news. ill be living on my own having a tv in my dorm so.. like yeah. anyways the point is i love this site.

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