Lot n° 2
90000 - 110000
1932 Panhard & Levassor Type X66 6DS Cabriolet
Serial number 680542
Important aesthetic and mechanical restoration
The Panhard-brand appeared at the end of the 19th century, heir to a rich history of horse-drawn carriage bodywork production since the early 1800s. Having become a recognised automobile brand from 1891, Panhard-Levassor was able to start vehicle production thanks to the manufacture, under licence, of the Daimler two-cylinder engine. Rapidly gaining notoriety, Panhard became one of the world's leading car manufacturers at the beginning of the 20th century, behind Dion-Bouton, which is still in the lead. In order to stand out from the crowd and climb new rungs, the brand took up the challenge of motor racing. Starting off on a high note, this gamble paid off for Panhard, who celebrated his first victory in the Paris-Bordeaux-Paris race in 1895, followed by Paris-Dieppe and Paris-Marseille two years later in the 6HP.
The success was reflected in the number of orders and enabled Panhard to become the leading French manufacturer before the First World War, having previously concluded serious contracts with the army, which enabled the brand to play an active role in the war effort and to supply the latter to this day.
Panhard-Levassor was even the official brand of the vehicles of the Presidency of the Republic under the mandate of Raymond Poincaré between 1913 and 1920 who ordered several 18HP and 20 HP models.
Panhard's history is marked by the era of the valve-less car, which began in 1910 when the valves were replaced by a sliding sleeve in the cylinders around the pistons. From 1924 until the Second World War, the brand offered both types of engine (with or without valves) simultaneously in its catalogue. The new engine without valves is sold as a silent engine with higher torque than the traditional engine, which gives it the attributes of a comfortable and pleasant long-distance trucker on the road; however, the
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