Sunday, December 22, 2019


Panhard was originally called Panhard et Levassor and was established as an automobile manufacturing concern by René Panhard and Émile Levassor in 1887.
1897 Panhard et Levassor Dogcart (2-cyl, 6hp)
Panhard et Levassor sold their first automobile in 1890, based on a Daimler engine license.
After World War II the company was renamed Panhard (without "Levassor"), and produced light cars such as the Dyna X, Dyna Z, PL 17, 24 CT and 24 BT. The company had long noted the weight advantages of aluminum, and this as well as postwar government steel rationing (designed to limit new car models to ensure an orderly return to production at the major firms), encouraged the firm to proceed with the expensive alternative of making the bodies and several other components out of aluminum.
For a period after the war, the Panhard-based Monopole racing cars received unofficial support from Panhard (as did DB and other clients such as Robert Chancel), using it to good effect in winning the "Index of Performance" class at Le Mans in 1950, 1951, and 1952.
The last Panhard passenger car was built in 1967. After assembling 2CV panel trucks for Citroën to utilize capacity during falling sales, and raising operating cash by selling ownership progressively to Citroën, respectively to its then-mother company Michelin (full control as of 1965), in fall of 1967 the civilian branch was absorbed by Citroën, and the marque was retired. From 1968 Panhard only made armored vehicles. 
Meeting at the Le Mans circuit with Antoine Laureau and Antoine Moreau driving a 1960 DB, as part of the Tour Auto 2019.

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