1890 – 1967: HISTORY OF THE OLDEST CAR BRAND IN THE COURT OF HONOR OF CHÂTEAU Château de Compiègne, September 17, 2022, Compiègne.

1890 – 1967: THE STORY OF THE OLDEST CAR BRAND IN THE COURT OF HONOR OF THE CHÂTEAU September 17 and 18 Château de Compiègne
29 extraordinary Panhard & Levassor vehicles will be on display in the main courtyard. Their owners will share their passion and the history of this legendary car brand.

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29 extraordinary Panhard & Levassor vehicles will be exhibited in the castle’s main courtyard. Their owners will tell the public about their passion and the history of this legendary car brand.

Organized in collaboration with the Association of Panhard & Levassor Clubs
Saturday and Sunday
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Federation of Panhard & Levassor clubs brings together clubs and all other structures whose goal is to defend and promote the history of the French manufacturer Panhard & Levassor, its place and its role in world automotive history.

Engineers René Panhard and Emile Levassor, former classmates from the Ecole Centrale, created the Société Panhard & Levassor in 1886 and produced vehicles equipped with gasoline engines produced under Daimler license. They were the first to manufacture and market a series of 30 cars in 1891, making Panhard & Levassor the oldest car brand. They enjoyed considerable fame especially thanks to their successes in the very first car races in the world, such as Paris-Rouen in 1894, Paris-Bordeaux et retour in 1895, won by Emile Levassor or the famous Gordon Bennett Cup, where they won during the first two editions (1900 and 1901).
The leading French car manufacturer until the First World War, Panhard & Levassor shone in the interwar period with its luxury cars, which stood out for the extensive technology of their engines and the innovative design of their bodies, created by Louis Bionier. : the very modern Dynamic thus became an icon of the 1930s.
After the war, Panhard & Levassor continued to innovate through its research into aerodynamics (e.g. Dynavia) and was one of the pioneering manufacturers striving to create small displacement, high performance and lightweight vehicles. The brand is adapting to the market context, which requires more affordable cars. Citroën absorbed the brand in 1965 and in 1967 stopped production of the elegant Panhard 24, which had promising potential.

The National Car Museum preserves several important vehicles from this manufacturer. Two of the first Panhard & Levassorer from 1891 are on display there. Recently, the museum’s collections have been enriched by another emblematic car from the Panhard & Levassor production: the Dynamic 130 (type X76) Junior coupé from 1936, preempted by the state in 2015. This exceptional vehicle for its quality and rarity (this is probably the only surviving example) is currently undergoing a high-level restoration.

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