These things survived probably up until about 1998, when you'd still see the odd thread bare example here and there. Maybe a Dad would come to a school play or a parents evening and it was the only time he ever left the house other than work, so he got dressed up and put on the panther jacket. That kind of thing. But other than boot-sale goers and the odd special needs kid here and there, they'd pretty much died out altogether by this stage.
I've checked eBay and Google images (for months), but you can't find an example of this jacket for love nor money. So it seems as though it's destined to become the stuff of legend, lost in the sands of time forever. I'm really only posting this to see if anybody else remembers these or if they've been forgotten already.
Occasionally, if you happen to be in the right place at the right time, in a small town somewhere or at an indoor market, you may well be fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of somebody still proudly wearing a fully intact panther jacket in public. These kind of occasions are pretty much the type of thing that make my world go round.