On sunday 17th april the Dutch Panhard Automobile Club started the 2016 trip season at a location nearby. French Panhards: rare and special, so you know you just have to be there. Well then, after a five minute drive -give or take a few minutes- I arrived at the hot spot with my little Canon camera.
The Panhard owners and their passengers had a tour in an adjacent museum, it was almost surreal to walk in a field with a collection of Panhard et Levassor (the company’s original name) automobiles and seeing only a handful of people during the time I spent there. Now let’s have a closer look at these specialties.
The first one is this 1962 Panhard PL 17 Type L4.
1964 Panhard PL 17 Type L9, which means it’s a break (a French wagon).
A line-up of Panhard PL 17 models. The PL 17 model was built from 1959 to 1965.
This one is a 1962 Panhard PL 17 Type L4 Tigre. Type L4 means the model years 1961 and 1962.
Another 1962 Panhard PL 17 Type 4.
The rear side of the line-up.
The interior of a 1960 Panhard PL 17.
1963 René Bonnet Missile.
The automaker’s name and logo.
1964 Panhard 24 BT. The 24 model, introduced in 1963, was a very modern and safe car in those days.
1962 Panhard PL 17 Type L4 Tigre in a beautiful bright color.
Obviously other countries have a Panhard club too.
The face of a 1958 Panhard Dyna Z12.
And its rear.
1958 Panhard Dyna Z16. The 1954-1959 Dyna Z was the predecessor of the PL 17 model.
Panhard 24 CT, the same model is parked next to it.
1960 DB ( Deutsch et Bonnet ) HBR 5.
1960 DB Le Mans.
1966 Panhard 24 BT.
1962 Panhard PL 17 Type L5, the very rare convertible.
Now this is travelling in style !
This splendid automobile is a 1933 Panhard et Levassor 6CS Type X72, equipped with a 2.5 liter 6-cylinder Knight-licensed sleeve valve engine.
A more humble French car from the thirties is this 1939 Simca 8 with a 1.1 liter 4-cylinder engine.
Also present, a 1979 Peugeot 504 convertible by Pininfarina.
Meanwhile a 1983 Volkswagen T3 Caravelle with a 1.9 liter diesel engine was passing by.
All in all, this was absolutely a worthwhile visit on a cool Sunday morning !