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London-brigthon Doyennes honnored on the magasine La Vie de l’Auto

On the sidelines of the London-Brighton was an auction where 93% of cars were sold such as this magnificent P & L 10 HP of 1903 sold for 367360 €!

Tim Summers our friendly member also had the honors of the press we see him here on arrival in Brighton aboard his Daimler wagon from 1897, with the number 009

Another Panhard & amp; Levassor illustrated the article, this one from 1903 to look great but the owner is not (yet ?) Member of the Doyens …

Finally to finish this press review is our friend Guy Loos who had the honor of the press toujouts in LVA, we see his magnificent X73 cabriolet during the 5 th Classic Days in Mondfort-les-Bains in Luxembourg which gathered more than 125 vehicles of 50 different brands.

EPOQU’AUTO Lyon, Panhard’s clubs also on La Vie de l’Auto!

In the November 23 issue of Epoqu’auto Lyon, two photos show our stand as well as the Club Panhard & amp; Levassor France, our X45 coupe visibly seduced the journalist and the beach decor of our friends from the CPLF.

The X45 of our friend MR De Saint Vis has been very successful

La petite dyna à la plage a obtenu un prix pour l’originalité du thème.

LONDON – BRIGHTON, The incredible race !

It’s finish ! Last weekend was the wildest, most improbable, most mythical race that can be seen in these 2010 years.
Imagine nearly 450 cars competing between London and Brighton at the beginning of November (with all that implies for the weather conditions) but the most incredible is that the most recent car entered was to be before January 1, 1905!
Dozens of Darracq, Daimler, Peugeot, De Dion Button, Cadillac, Mercedes, Benz, Leon Bollée, Peugeot, Clement, Decauville, Renault, New Orleans, Mors, and other Pierce …

The mark Doyenne was well represented because no less than 28 (yes you read correctly) Panhard & Levassor were registered at the start of the race.

Two of our members were present:
Neil Burdock, who is also a member of the Panhard Levassor Great-Britain club, organized a special Panhard crossing! Several Panhards after the war (we are not sectarian to the Deans!) Had lined roadside and early in the morning the team was ready to watch the passage of cars.

Tim Summers, also a member of the Doyennes and owner of several cars had, with his friends, engaged 4 cars including a beautiful P & L 5 HP of 1901.
He will tell us his race, a little further.

Let’s go to Neil …

“For the last 12years Panhard et Levassor Club GB has attended the famous “London to Brighton” run celebrating the end of the Parliamentary Act. This Act had forced early drivers of “horseless carriages” to employ a man to walk in front of the vehicle with a red flag in order not to frighten the horses!

We set up our “camp” at 8am, just outside the village of Handcross some 42 miles from the start at Hyde Park Gate, London. The complete distance to Madeira Drive, Brighton being approximately 80 miles. By 9.30 the first cars were passing by us and I was surprised at their speed.

When Panhards are waiting for other Panhards …

The larger Panhards, Mors and Renaults were estimated to be running by at about 35-40MPH despite the stretch of road being uphill for them. I was also impressed how quiet most of the cars were whether propelled by petrol, steam or electricity.

Robert Cleminson’s P & L No 121, barrel of 1902 passes Neil and his friends; Note that the circulation of modern vehicles has not been banned, yet another feature of this extraordinary race!

A Renault Landaulette from 1903 that emigrated to Great Britain

Baron Irvine Laidlaw’s P & L No 3 takes a break at the Panhard stand”

By mid morning a steady stream of cars had reached our spot and we were delighted to see a Panhard slow down and stop at our station. The car, Reg. No.D1590, is a 1904, 4 cylinder with Centaure engine of 15 Horse Power (CV). It is owned by Irvine Laidlaw- Baron Laidlaw, who was unable to attend and was driven by Phil Stainton, mechanic to His Lordship

I was able to have a good discussion with Phil, who told me the Baron is only the 4th owner of the car. He pointed out that the car was originally sold from the London Showroom then owned by the Hon. Charles S. Rolls and as you can see from the picture it was the 237th vehicle

This was before he met Mr Royce! He also explained the carburettor is very temperamental and can ice up very easily. It has a leather bellow somewhat on the same system as an SU carburettor (whose inventor, Mr Skinner, was a shoe maker). Perhaps he copied the Panhard!

I mentioned to Phil that I am a member of Les Doyennes. Fortunately I had my last Doyennes “Sticker” from Gilles with me which I offered to him. As you can see from the picture he proudly affixed it to the top of the oiler box.

The Dean’s sticker prominently on the dashboard !

After the break “Panhard” the car leaves again, it is still necessary to climb several gradients before the arrival and the other competitors do not stop …

Having checked a loose fitting on the bonnet hinge and the water level, Phil turned the starting handle and they continued on their way to Brighton. We were fortunate with the day being sunny although there was a cold wind and one can only wonder at the intrepid spirit of those taking part. I believe there were about 420 entrants, although not all of them made it to the finishing line in Brighton”

Dick Sheppard and his 1901 barrel from South Africa!

Robert Cleminson and his Panhard & amp; Levassor No 121, barrel of 1902
I think there were about 420 participants, although they did not all arrive at the finish line in Brighton “We can excuse them for the benefit of age …

Tim Summers Our friendly member had 4 friends to drive his cars he had lined up at the start.
Let him speak to tell us this wonderful day!

This year, we were running four veteran cars in the 2017 London to Brighton run, our 1901 Panhard et Levassor 5Hp being the youngest competitor of our cars. The Panhard et Levassor was driven by a friend, Ian Gwynne, and the car has competed in the run over 30 times so far.

Our other cars were a 1900 Darracq (which first did the event in 1927), a 1900 Georges Richard (which first did the event in 1958), and a 1897 Daimler (a regular runner since the mid 1960’s), running on solid tires and hot-tube ignition.

We set off from London at 0700 hrs, on a lovely sunny and quite cold November morning, and made good progress out of London. It is important to have an early car, as otherwise the traffic does get heavy in London, and the cars start in date order, with the oldest first. All the cars ran well, with the only problem being a lost exhaust valve spring on the Georges Richard, which was eventually replaced with a similar-sized spring from a pair of pliers! I was driving the 1897 Daimler, which feels very ancient compared to the Panhard, which has a top speed of about 40 km/h (double that of the Daimler).

Leather and brass !

It smokes and it jostles at the beginning!
We all arrived at the scheduled stop at Crawley, approximately half way, and checked the cars and refilled with oil, water, and fuel. And also coffee and croissants The first half of the run is quite flat, but the second part, as the cars approach Brighton, has some challenging countryside hills, especially tricky for the heavier or less powerful cars. All cars sailed up the most steep hill – called Clayton hill – although I must admit some sailed quicker than others. Amazingly the old Daimler made it up the hill all the way in 2nd gear, but all other cars, including the Panhard, were in first gear.

Exhaust gas or steam?

Tim Summers our member arriving under the Brighton sun with his Daimler
The first of our cars to arrive in Brighton was the 1900 Darracq – despite it’s single cylinder engine, it is quite light, and therefore rapid, and it crossed the finish line at 1130 hrs – the seventh car to finish. About an hour or so later came the Panhard et Levassor, although this difference in arrival time is not so much performance-related but probably a longer coffee/croissant stop than the Darracq drivers…! (Were there only croissants and coffee? Note from the webmaster …)

So british !

The Daimler rolled in at 1330 hrs, which for an 1897 car was very good going, and finally the Georges Richard, having fixed their engine issue, crosse the line at 1500 hrs. All cars with a finishers medal and very happy crews!

</center >Everyone was delighted with this exceptional day that we can live only in the neck!
Appointment is made for 2018! And no doubt that the Doyennes of Panhard & Levassor will be present along the course and on the road!


X72 for sale: exclusive announcement of the Doyennes

One of our members sells his X72 of 1935, in perfect condition.

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Inauguration of the place Jean Panhard in Crécy la Chapelle

After Michel Houel, it is another emblematic figure of the city of Crécy-la-Chapelle which was honored. City Council proceeded last weekend (October 22), just after the reopening Mass of St. George’s Church (closed since the floods last year), at the inauguration of the place Jean-Panhard .

The Panhard family is inseparable from the Commune of Crécy-la-Chapelle where it has been present for many years. Jean Panhard (June 12, 1913 – July 16, 2014), a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique, spent most of his career at Panhard & amp; Levassor, dean of car manufacturers founded by René Panhard, his uncle, at the end of the nineteenth century. He joined in 1937 as technical director and left the company in 1981 as president and CEO, “said the town hall. And to continue: “He was also a key figure in the automotive world by presiding the Automobile Club de France, the Chamber of Automobile Manufacturers and the Montreal Motor Show.”

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A beautiful victory for the FFVE!


AUTOMEDON – Le Bourget 2017: The Doyennes had stand


Last October 14 and 15 Panhard’s & levassor shared a stand with the CPLF at Automedon. This was an opportunity for the team who had the opportunity to hold the booth to meet and chat with members of the club who had visited us.
Arnaud Blanc, our president, was pleased to lend his magnificent Dynamic of 1939 for the occasion. It attracted many visitors and raised many questions, particularly concerning the operation of the engine without a valve.

Our friend Michel Rongione, member of the club, for his part, saw his magnificent X 57 exposed next to a Delaunay Belleville and another P & amp; L of 1913 of a light green of most seyant. With French bodywork being honored this year, the Dean brand was well represented!

Michel’s X 57, converted and seen from the rear: magnificent !

Alongside an ancestor of the same brand, with its fuel cans.

At the turn of the alleys, the magnificent Torpedo Sport 6 DS, type X66 by Alain Coustenoble was also honored in the company of two ancestors loaned by the Mulhouse museum.

At his side a coupe driver Rothschild of 1911, type X8 loaned by the museum of Mulhouse

On the same stand the museum in Mulhouse presented a Kellner driver coupe of 1906, with its large 4-cylinder engine of 5319 cm3 which propelled this car at 80 km / h!

On the parking lots were the popular French cars, but also American ones … For the pleasure of the eyes …

Une autre Panhard rendait encore hommage à la carrosserie française au détour d’un stand.

Finally, a beautiful lounge with a tray of choice and a good atmosphere within the booth of the Doyennes !

Interview of Alain Guillaume, Président de La Fédération Française de Véhicules d’Epoque

To see absolutely everything to know about the vehicles of collection ( but it’s in french…)

See the interview, click here !

Citroscopie No 61 sept-oct 2017

In the last No of Citroscopie, Benoit Perot wrote an article on the second prototype of the mark.

General Meeting of the Dynamic Club Panhard & amp; Levassor

In the magnificent setting of the Château de Sandaucourt, some of the deans had made the trip.

Read the article below

Our friend Jean-Jacques Aucher honored on La Vie de l’Auto September 2017

The number 1785 of LVA honored a member of the Deans. Indeed in the series family album, an insert is dedicated to Jean-Jacques Aucher members of the Deans under the title “From one Panhard to the other”

It is a question of the roadpipe of his great-grandfather whose exact type is sought to know. Our friend Jean-Jacques is also pictured next to his superb skiff Panhard X 36 of 1922

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Open Day at the Panhard defense factory

Gérard Nayme and some friends were able to go to an open house at the end of June 2017 at the Panhard factory in St Germain Laval a few weeks ago.
It was an opportunity to visit this site, rarely open to visitors, in a small sympathetic procession which included, besides the X 72 of Gérard, a Dyna X, a Junior, two PL 17 and a very rare 1897 wagonette equipped with the engine M2F

It’s still Panhard material, but 120 years separate these two mechanics !

A sympathetic buffet had completed this day of discovery and the participants warmly thanked Mr. Jammes Director of Panhard Défense who had embellished this visit of his person. A warm welcome and a good atmosphere made the success of this day, thank you again to the management of the factory for having opened the doors of the workshops.

Pre-War Tour at St Jean Bonnefond

A nice exit was held at the beginning of May at St Jean Bonnefond where beautiful pre-war cars had gathered under a radiant sun;
Our friend Guy Camus was on the party with his splendid Dynamic of 19

A beautiful  Rochet-Schneider

Bernard Vermaylen honored on La Vie de L’Auto

The Bellecour Academy, which annually recognizes the best work on the automobile, awarded its 2017 prize to our friend and archivist of the club, Bernard Vermeylen.
The book he wrote in collaboration with Philippe Krebs “Panhard Levassor pioneer of the automotive industry” deserves this prestigious award.

The Vintage Sport Cars club in Australia honors the P & L


The cover of the VSCC Australian club newsletter no. 4 shows a magnificent P & L taken in the 1920s. In the magazine, we will see the car of our member Colin Kiel honored for the Kalorama rally which brought together more than 300 vehicles …


Visualisez le bulletin / See the magasine

40 Panhard in Dijon !

Our friend and office member Mathieu Cognet, kindly lent his cars to Auto Moto Retro Dijon from 31 March to 02 April. Thus, in the early morning, a few Panhards of all ages arrived at the Dijon exhibition center.
In the video below, Mathieu answers questions from journalists.


The PANHARD collection arrives in DIJON par vision2000production


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Two Panhard in Australia

Our two sympathetic members, John Flemming (X 45) and Colin Kiel (X 46), recently attended a vintage car show near Melbourne. A hundred vehicles were assembled including trucks, cars, motorcycles and stationary steam engines.
It was the first time that our two Australian Panhards were side by side for the pleasure of the visitors not accustomed to see cars of the dean mark.
Congratulations to our two friends, waiting to be joined by Roger Savage who restores an X 72 …



Avignon Motor Festival, Les Doyennes were there …

On 24th, 25th and 26th of March, the traditional Motor Festival was held in Avignon, where passengers of ancient mechanics and locomotion gathered every year. Indeed there are for all tastes: luxury cars or popular, military vehicles, trucks, motorcycles, miniatures, not to mention the stock exchange and an auction on Sunday.


A beautiful lineup of Juvaquatre !

Despite a sullen weather, the exchange has kept its promises

A Hispano-Suiza auction that has little airs of panning.

Being beautiful like a truck, that’s it …

If the Deans did not have a stand, it was an opportunity for the “Southern” members (but not that!) To meet and for some to meet for the first time.
Alfred Morenas and Gilbert Blossin members of the Deans recently had come to neighbors. It was an opportunity to meet Gérard Nayme, who had come from Saint-Etienne with other panhardists, and Gilles Vayre from Narbonne.
We also met Stéphane Leminier, who was also a member of the deans and animated the Peugeot 604 booth.

The meal was taken together in the van of Gilbert, in a good atmosphere that the weather fails to start …

Rendez-vous was taken for next year hoping that other members will join this friendly team …

Grand Prix Motul – Foundation of the Patromoine for the Dynamic Coupe Junior de Mulhouse

Published in the latest The Life of the Auto, an article that informs us that the Dynamic coupé junior (ex Baillon collection) and currently being restored by the Museum of Automobile of Mulhouse, received the Auto Motul Foundation Award Of the 2017 heritage at the last retromobile show.

Grand Prix Motul – Foundation of the Patromoine for the Dynamic Coupe Junior de Mulhouse

The Dynamic coupé X 77 of the Mulhouse Museum honored at RETROMOBILE

Follow the chaotic and exciting adventure of this rare cut by reading the article published in the daily newspaper L’Alsace on 13/02/2017



Site Attendance January 2017


703 people visited our site last month, an increase of 20% compared to the previous months.
It should be noted that among the countries that attract the most visitors are after France, Russia, USA and Belgium.

The Doyennes at retromobile , February 2017



The Doyennes’ stand with the P & L of 1897 kindly loaned by Robert Panhard
Gérard Nayme had made a painting exposing the pieces that the club will make to remake.

Mathieu and Jean-Louis, the Vosges team who hosted the stand for several days.

We had during the fair many visitors as well as members of the club came to visit the team. It was also the occasion to register several memberships to the club.
A very rich salon this year and the booth of the Deans was at times literally assailed by the visi

17th Winter Crossing of Paris

On January 8th, more than 700 vehicles of all types gathered for a crossing of Paris. This year, the “seventies” were in the spotlight.


Many bikes and motorcycles were also part of the party …

Watch the video of the crossing of Paris, click here.

Classics swarm into French capital for Vincennes rendez-vous

More than 700 classics of all varieties converged on Paris for the 17th running of La Traversée on 8 January. Everything from bikes, mopeds and motorcycles via cars and tractors to vintage lorries and coaches gathered at the magnificent Château de Vincennes royal fortress to the east of the city in time for an 8am start.

Arnaud Blanc our president was there with his beautiful Dynamic

Have a look on the article of Classic & sport car, all the information here !

PANHARD & LEVASSOR at auction on 09 February 2017 at the Grand Palais in Paris

The Panhard & Levassor ex Jean-Pierre Guihery The Rolland will go on sale February 9, 2017 at the Grand Palais by Bonhams.
All information here

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