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This 1962 Kellison J6 Panther Is Ultra Rare And Definitely A Conversation Starter

This 1962 Kellison J6 Panther Is Ultra Rare And Definitely A Conversation Starter

Ever since we featured the Zorro’s Charger 1968 Kellison J6 a few years ago, I’ve been waiting to see another. They are rare as can be, and finding one for sale is even more amazing than seeing one at a show or on the track. So you can imagine our surprise when we found this 1962 Kellison J6 Panther on our local Craigslist! Like Zorro’s Charger it was a drag car originally, although the seller isn’t any more specific on the history than that. We really want to know the rest of the story. This one is sitting on a 1960 Corvette chassis that has been freshened up, and the lift up Funny Car style body has been traditionally mounted and a fiberglass floor installed. These cars are ultra interesting looking and will grab a lot of attention. This project doesn’t look like one for the faint of heart, but a lot of work has been done and it’s a driver.

With a freshly built small-block and Muncie 4-speed we’re pretty sure this thing is a riot to drive.


Here is what the seller has to say about it, and there are tons of photos to check out in the ad so make sure you CLICK THIS LINK to see the original Craigslist Ad.

Only about 500 of the J-6 were made. This one is on a 1960 Corvette frame. All the suspension and brake parts are fresh original equipment, It has a rebuilt engine and Muncie aluminum 4-speed transmission and racing clutch assembly.There is a fiberglass floor and the body is attached to the frame. Previously the body was hinged in the front and there was no floor and it was only drag raced like that. It has been started and hauled from garage to garage only. It runs great the motor isn’t even broken in yet. It has a plexiglass windshield (not permanently installed) but I recently found out these were designed to use a 1951 Studebaker glass windshield. The windshield frame is re-enforced with 1 inch solid steel. It doubles as a roll bar. The only changes I made was the tail light assembly taken from a ’71 riviera installed in place of the VW bug tail lights installed previously. I was going to paint the car Ferrari red. It looks like Testa Rossas from the late 50’s. I had removed the hood trunk and doors and was ready to paint it until I saw the car in Hot Rod magazine. The doors and trunk lid are back on the car. I prefer to not have the hood on I will install it if buyer wants it on the car. I have gauges from a 50’s Alfa with Italian writing, and a Fiat steering column that would accept a Ferrari steering wheel. The interior was to be finished after the paint so those parts are not installed but come with the car. I would be able to do this work for the buyer if so desired. I left the period correct low back racing seat in it and the interior bare as it would be for racing. I may consider taking partial trade (I need a van!) but I would have to end the auction to make a deal like that. Also I may consider selling without the engine and transmission. I have many years experience restoring cars and have had hundreds of cars I can modify or add any parts wanted by buyer at additional cost after the car is sold. I would install different parts depending on what use the buyer has for the car, (drag race, road race or street) Thanks and good luck bidding!

1962 Kellison F6 Panther Fiberglass body
1960 Corvette frame
350 Chevrolet 4-bolt main engine
Edelbrock aluminum manifold
Carter 4 barrel carb
2 electric cooling fans
Drum brakes
Posi rear end
Aluminum Muncie 4-speed transmission
working lights and turn signals
slotted aluminum rear wheels
Low back period correct racing seat
Roll bar
plexiglass windshield
Extra black leather bucket seats (2) (not installed)
Extra Italian (Alpha Romeo or Ferrari) gauges (not installed)
’72 Riviera tail light assemblies
Fiat steering column (not installed)
New in box windshield wiper motor, arm assembly (not installed)
New front marker lights (not installed)
New hood hinges (not installed)
Installation is available on parts not installed for a reasonable cost (no charge to install hood and hinges)
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5 thoughts on “This 1962 Kellison J6 Panther Is Ultra Rare And Definitely A Conversation Starter

  1. Chevy Hatin' Mad Geordie

    Isn’t the body similar to the Devin?

    I love early American kit cars – they had real balls with their V8 power unlike our puny examples in the UK that struggled to move with a tiny 1172cc sidevale Ford engine. Why nobody swapped a flathead into one I don’t know – but hey, at least we had the great Sidney Allard the father of British hot rodding….

  2. jerry z

    I would like to have seen the car in its heyday with that paint job! But $20K seems a bit steep for the amount of work needed.

  3. noname

    The Stude windshield sort of fits. I have a customers j 6 coupe in my shop
    Beautiful car has been a nightmare installing glass including power windows and working vents

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