The V236 Vox Panther Bass was offered in the 1965 "King of the Beat" and 1966 "Vox, It's Whats Happening" catalogs. A reprint of either of these catalogs is available at North Coast Music.
The Panther was the least expensive bass guitar offered by Vox in 1966 and 1967. It featured a unique canted single pickup with four pole pieces. The pick up was oriented to the strings an an angle to give increased bass response to the E and A strings while offering brighter tone to the D and G strings. The Panther Bass also included a single volume and tone control.
The 1966 US Vox catalog described the V236 Panther Bass as follows:
"A great value; solid body with hard maple neck; rosewood fingerboard; 4 pole extended range bass pick-up."
The 1966 US Vox price list indicated that the retail price of the Cougar was $129.90 USD. Adjusted for inflation, the Panther Bass would retail today for about $850.
The Panther Bass was produced for Vox by EKO in Italy.
Many thanks to Roger Tessier who allowed me to photograph his Vox Panther Bass for the Vox Showroom.