1924 Panhard et Levassor 14/20hp Open Drive Landaulette  Chassis no. 58513 Engine no. 58513

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Lot 780
1924 Panhard et Levassor 14/20hp Open Drive Landaulette
Registration no. MH 1738 Chassis no. 58513 Engine no. 58513

£ 30,000 - 35,000
US$ 39,000 - 46,000
1924 Panhard et Levassor 14/20hp Open Drive Landaulette
Coachwork by Salmons & Sons

Registration no. MH 1738
Chassis no. 58513
Engine no. 58513

Footnotes

  • René Panhard was an engineer whose business, based in Paris, made woodworking tools and built engines under license. With his partner, Émile Levassor, he experimented with horseless carriages using engines licensed from Daimler. In 1891, Panhard et Levassor offered for sale what was arguably the world's first production car, using a Daimler engine. Above all, the firm was responsible for bequeathing the automobile world with Systeme Panhard, which embodied the now familiar layout of a front-mounted engine driving a rear axle via a clutch, gearbox and differential. The modern motor car had been born.
    Panhard et Levassor swiftly established a reputation for fine engineering, excellent craftsmanship, superior reliability and outstanding performance. 1911 was a landmark year for the French manufacturer, seeing the introduction to its range of the Knight double sleeve-valve engine, and this type of power unit would characterise the firm's larger offerings well into the 1930s.
    Made in 1924, this 14/20hp Panhard et Levassor was brought to England by its first owner, a British-based Swiss millionaire, who had the landaulette coachwork built by Salmons & Sons, of Newport Pagnell, one of the most commercially successful of all British coachbuilders and originators of the 'Tickford' all-weather saloon body. The car is powered by a 2.3-litre, four-cylinder, Knight double sleeve-valve engine. Reported as quiet and powerful, it trails the characteristic smoke plume that is endemic with this type of engine (even the Royal Family's sleeve-valve Daimlers left a very un-regal blue haze behind them). The vendor advises us that, like most smokers, it is worse on morning start-up and when operated with restraint, such as waiting at traffic lights or gently meandering through show crowds. When working hard on the open road it shows not a trace of smoke.
    Highly original and described by the current vendor as a joy to drive, the car has been rallied extensively by him and in 2006 completed the Tour of Brittany without encountering any problems. Recent maintenance has included replacing the clutch, which was undertaken by Sherwood Restorations, of Southwell in May 2008 at a cost of £3,400. 'On the button' and ready to enjoy, 'MH 1738' is offered with the aforementioned bills, MoT/tax to June 2011 and Swansea V5 registration document.
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1924 Panhard et Levassor 14/20hp Open Drive Landaulette  Chassis no. 58513 Engine no. 58513
1924 Panhard et Levassor 14/20hp Open Drive Landaulette  Chassis no. 58513 Engine no. 58513
1924 Panhard et Levassor 14/20hp Open Drive Landaulette  Chassis no. 58513 Engine no. 58513
1924 Panhard et Levassor 14/20hp Open Drive Landaulette  Chassis no. 58513 Engine no. 58513
1924 Panhard et Levassor 14/20hp Open Drive Landaulette  Chassis no. 58513 Engine no. 58513
1924 Panhard et Levassor 14/20hp Open Drive Landaulette  Chassis no. 58513 Engine no. 58513
1924 Panhard et Levassor 14/20hp Open Drive Landaulette  Chassis no. 58513 Engine no. 58513
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