Brilliant gathering to mark Jean Panhard's 100th birthday

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A wonderful selection of 100 cars gathered to celebrate the 100th birthday of Jean Panhard, head of SAAE Panhard et Levassor until its demise in 1967.

The meeting took place in Panhard’s home town of Crecy la Chapelle east of Paris and was organised by the Federation of Panhard Clubs, with a handful of attendees from the UK.

Examples on show included everything from pre-war cars via Dyna Junior and on to a healthy smattering of the sleek 24C and CT, the last model launched by the company when it was unveiled 50 years ago.

Panhard et Levassor was the world’s first commercial manufacturer of automobiles, selling 21 cars in 1891.  

The UK club will holding its summer rally at the Steam and Vintage Extravaganza at South Cerney Airfield, Gloucestershire from 2-4 August.

For those who would like to know more about Panhard Cars, there is now an English language book ‘Panhard, the flat-twin cars 1945-1967 and their origins’ written by club member David Beare, ISBN 978-0-9547363-2-3, available from Stinkwheel Publishing, www.stinkwheel.ukfsn.org and www.stinkwheelpublishing.co.uk.

Words: Panhard et Levassor Club UK Pictures: Derek Fritz

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