The Classic Motorcycle

Panther picture sought

- Harry J Sibley, Christchur­ch, Dorset.

Motorcycle mad, at just 17 years old, I worked for Acrow Engineeers in Harefield, Middlesex. The foreman, a Scotsman, was one day telling of how he had inherited an old motorcycle. Intrigued, I parted with £10 and the next evening a van pulled up where I lived and we unloaded this huge old motorcycle, a Panther.

From memory, it was approximat­ely late 1920s, beige colour, and quite low. It was love at first revs, it was so beautiful, words like ‘fantastic’ ringing in my ears – plus, do be careful, it’s fast and powerful. I kicked it over, a roar of the great engine. I took off, 0-60 in about 10 minutes.

I rode round the green, being flagged down by a certain Freddie Graves, the owner of a mobile greengroce­rs business. He said: “How much?” to which I replied, “£20, delivered.”

The story unfolds:

Says Freddie: ”I have a friend, a window cleaner – the motorcycle that pulls his flatbed is no more, so this, (pointing at the Panther) would be just perfect.”

I duly set off for Mill End, Rickmanswo­rth on this wonderful, noisy old plodder, thus concluding a brief but profitable period of ownership.

Now, I know this is a long shot, but does anyone remember or have a photograph of this motorcycle in the Mill End, Maple Cross, Rickmanswo­rth area in the 1960s? I would so appreciate it, as of all the many motorcycle­s I have owned, this is the one that sticks in my memory, the old Panther.

 ?? ?? Panther made its sloping singles from the veteran period, through to the 1960s. This is a 1932 example.
Panther made its sloping singles from the veteran period, through to the 1960s. This is a 1932 example.

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