Kellison J6 Panther - The True Story Behind This Forgotten American Muscle Car - gallery

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  • Kellison J6 Panther - The True Story Behind This Forgotten American Muscle Car - gallery
  • Kellison J6 Panther - The True Story Behind This Forgotten American Muscle Car - gallery
    To this day, the Chevy Corvette is a great basis for projects
    But in the early 1960s, the Kellison J6 Panther was the ultimate Corvette-based kit car
  • Kellison J6 Panther - The True Story Behind This Forgotten American Muscle Car - gallery
    A fiberglass body inspired by aircraft
    Its creator, Air Force engineer, James Kellison, wanted to make the Corvette as "slippery" as possible
  • Kellison J6 Panther - The True Story Behind This Forgotten American Muscle Car - gallery
    The last of the J series
    The J6 Panther was preceeded by 5 other versions, all of which relatively similar, but with different body styles and dimensions
  • Kellison J6 Panther - The True Story Behind This Forgotten American Muscle Car - gallery
    The Kellison bodies could be mounted on a few generations of the Corvette
    Originally, the bodies were designed to fit over C1 and C2 running gear. They could also be put over a C3 chassis
  • Kellison J6 Panther - The True Story Behind This Forgotten American Muscle Car - gallery
    Nowadays, it's hard to find one with the original engine
    While most of the J6 Panthers are believed to have come with a 327 small-block, various examples have been restored with different engines
  • Kellison J6 Panther - The True Story Behind This Forgotten American Muscle Car - gallery
    While a Muncie M20-series 4-speed manual was a common sight, the 3-speed TH400 automatic was also available
  • Kellison J6 Panther - The True Story Behind This Forgotten American Muscle Car - gallery
    While still, very much, a sports car, the J6 was designed with more legroom in mind and had a higher roofline, compared to the J4, of which it was an evolution
  • Kellison J6 Panther - The True Story Behind This Forgotten American Muscle Car - gallery
    Insane power-to-weight ratio
    With at least 300 hp from factory and a dry weight of 1,840 lbs, the J6 would have been much quicker than a Corvette
  • Kellison J6 Panther - The True Story Behind This Forgotten American Muscle Car - gallery
    The most mass-produced of the J series
    Over 500 of the J6 Panther kits are said to have been sold
  • Kellison J6 Panther - The True Story Behind This Forgotten American Muscle Car - gallery
    Swipe up for more details on the aircraft-inspired Kellison J6 Panther
  • Kellison J6 Panther - The True Story Behind This Forgotten American Muscle Car - gallery
  • Kellison J6 Panther - The True Story Behind This Forgotten American Muscle Car - gallery
  • Kellison J6 Panther - The True Story Behind This Forgotten American Muscle Car - gallery
  • Kellison J6 Panther - The True Story Behind This Forgotten American Muscle Car - gallery
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