The World’s Worst Supercar…and the Best

Written by a Guest Blogger
Supercars are a staple of the auto enthusiast world. Despite that fact that most car lovers will never get the chance to own or drive one, supercars hold a mystical appeal that’s hard to shake. From early legends like the Porsche 959 and Mercedes-Benz 300SL to modern wonders like the McLaren F1 and Bugatti Veyron, the growing family of amazing supercars is astonishing to observe.

And as you can imagine, automakers have undergone quite a bit of trial and error to achieve the incredible automotive feats we see today. Unfortunately, some manufacturers experienced a little more error than trial. And a few real supercar flops have been produced over the years as a result, real duds and ugly ducklings.

But out of all such cars, there’s one that tops them all: the Panther 6. This car is without a doubt the absolute worst supercar of all time, if it can even be called that. Here’s a rundown on its misguided life in the supercar world.

Where Did This Monster Come From?

This strange vehicle was manufactured by Panther, a small sportscar company in the United Kingdom, in 1977. Unsurprisingly, the company went under in 1980 after being bought out by a South Korean corporation.

The Wheel Situation
Ok, let’s address the elephant in the room. Why does this thing have six wheels!? Supposedly this design was inspired by the Tyrell P34, a six-wheeled Formula One racer. However, the Panther 6 didn’t come close to pulling off the design. Honestly, the P34 was probably pushing it anyway.

Is It a Caddy?

Tucked away in the bowels of this enormous beast of a car is a twin turbocharged 500 CID Cadillac V-8, which supposedly could propel the car to over 200mph. Unsurprisingly, it never got close to achieving that proclaimed top speed.

Where Are They Now?
Unfortunately(?), only two Panter 6 vehicles were ever made, one white and one black. Both of them still exist, and one of them is kept somewhere in the Middle East.

Interested in seeing some of the best supercars ever made, instead of the worst? Check out the graphic below.

Graphic Supplied by HR Owen

The Evolution of the 250+ MPH Supercar

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Michael Gray

Mike has roots in the automotive service industry. He began diagnosing and fixing cars at a young age in his family’s service station. He has worked in automotive parts supply stores, towing companies, and service facilities. After graduating from St. Cloud State University (MN) with a Bachelor’s degree, he implemented and taught a basic car care program at the high school level. During work on his Master’s degree at Illinois State University (IL), he was a curriculum specialist on a National Science Foundation project where he co-authored ten integrated mathematics, science, and technology books designed for team teaching. Mike has also supervised teachers in Career and Technology Education as a school system administrator.

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