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1949 P&M Panther Chopper: The Pink Panther

Portside Garage goes for the gold, with gold

If you ever want to impress someone with your motohistory Kung Fu, bust out some knowledge on Panther motorcycles in the conversation. The name may sound like a Panhead knock-off company from the late 1990s but it's actually a species of bike that was built in the UK by P&M (aka Phelon & Moore) until the company dropped that moniker and just went with “Panther.” Which is probably why Andrew Ursich of Portside Garage made one for the Artistry in Iron show in Las Vegas last year.

1949 P&M Panther Chopper

Simple, straightforward bars from Regatta Garage

Photos: Peter Linney

1949 P&M Panther Chopper

Danny D took care of that sick gold leaf...

Photos: Peter Linney

It may or may not be your thing but this bike was bred to compete on the show circuit. When was the last time you saw an angled single-cylinder rigid done up in pink and gold leaf at a show? They're not common by a long shot. Panther bikes were made up until the 1960s and that angular mill also serves as a load-bearing part of the chassis.

1949 P&M Panther Chopper

...as well as the striping and paint.

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1949 P&M Panther Chopper

More of Danny D's work.

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Andrew was invited to Artistry In Iron in Las Vegas and decided to build this bike for that show. “I agreed to compete and set out to build the craziest show bike I could. I started by finding the Panther engine,” he tells us.

1949 P&M Panther Chopper

Flushmount cap on the tank.

Photos: Peter Linney

1949 P&M Panther Chopper

Panther motors also acted as an integral part of the frame.

Photos: Peter Linney

Having bagged his prey, Ursich constructed a frame jig, got busy fabricating, and had the two main ingredients for cooking up this rigid. What followed was a blend of archaeology, horse trading, and craftsmanship. Some parts were collected from swap meets, others from vendors, and what he didn't find he made himself. Eventually, Ursich found himself looking at a Panther M-100 mill cradled by his own rigid frame, with a Triumph gas tank over it, and a leaf-spring fork up front. It was a recipe for a pretty crazy machine but it needed some over-the-top finishing to pull it all together.

1949 P&M Panther Chopper

When was the last time you saw a Panther in pimp's clothing?

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1949 P&M Panther Chopper

Pretty in Pink

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In Andrew's mind that meant engraving, engraving, and engraving. With a side of engraving. The engine was completely disassembled for polishing and... engraving. All of the engraving was done by Hernan at Engrave It Inc. He also took care of all the chrome and gold plating. While all of that was getting done Ursich completed the metal and body work on the frame. The chassis was sent to Danny D for paint and pinstriping.

1949 P&M Panther Chopper

Nothing was immune to the Midas touch.

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1949 P&M Panther Chopper

The solo seat is machined aluminum shod with finned cream leather inserts

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All in all, the bike was finished in five months down to the last minute before its debut in Las Vegas. So far, the bike has won awards for the J&P Ultimate Builder show, for which it won 1st place freestyle, and recently Best of Show at David Mann Chopperfest. Yeah, I'd say Andrew Ursich did what he set out to do.

1949 P&M Panther Chopper

Ursich utilized a Triumph tank for fuel duty.

Photos: Peter Linney

Specifications
Owner Andrew Ursich
Shop Portside Garage
Shop Phone (310) 710-6981
Website portsidegarage@yahoo.com
Year/Make/Model 1949 P&M Panther
Fabrication Andrew Ursich
Build Time 5 months
Engine
Year/Type/Size 1949 Panther M-100 600cc
Builder Portside Garage
Cases Panther
Carb Amal
Air Cleaner Amal
Exhaust Andrew Ursich
Transmission
Year/Type 1956 Triumph
Clutch Triumph
Frame
Year/Type 2016 Portside Garage rigid
Rake/Stretch 30 degrees/none
Suspension
Front End Voodoo Vintage Leafspring
Length 18 inches
Triple Trees n/a
Wheels, Tires, and Brakes
Front
Builder/Size HD Wheels 18-inch
Tire/Size Allstate 18-inch
Calipers None
Rear
Builder/Size HD Wheels
Tire/Size Allstate 18-inch
Caliper None
Finish/Paint
Colors Murano pearl, pink, gold leaf
Paint/Graphics Pink fades topped with pinstriping and gold leaf by Danny D
Accessories
Front Fender None
Rear Fender Gasbox
Gas Tank Triumph
Handlebars Regatta Garage
Hand Controls Portside Garage
Foot Controls Portside Garage
Pegs Portside Garage
Headlight Woodlite
Taillight After Hours Choppers
Seat Machined aluminum finned with cream leather inserts by All Glass

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