1963 CD-Panhard coach

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Lot 451
1963 CD-Panhard coach

€ 95,000 - 120,000
US$ 110,000 - 130,000
1963 CD-Panhard coach
Châssis no 208
Moteur no CDT 104

En partenariat avec Charles Deutsch, René Bonnet s'essaya à la construction automobile en 1939 avec une spéciale sur base Citroën, mais tout autre velléité fut ajournée jusqu'en 1945. Le duo créa la société des Automobiles DB en 1949, se tournant vers les mécaniques Panhard pour ses moteurs et ses éléments de suspensions qui allaient former la base d'une série de Sport Prototypes qui rencontrèrent de nombreux succès au Mans à partir des années 1950. Sous sa forme coupé, la DB-Panhard était connue sous le nom de Mille Miglia et en version cabriolet prenait le nom de Le Mans. Présentés au Salon de Paris 1952, ces populaires petites sportives était parfaites pour un usage routier, mais aussi particulièrement compétitives sur circuit où DB-Panhard se fit une réputation. Rien qu'en 1952, DB-Panhard remporta 24 courses en catégorie Sport établissant dix nouveaux records dans sa classe. Ses succès américains incluaient des victoires de classe à Bridgehampton, Elkhart Lake et Sebring. La marque connut également de gros succès dans la grande classique de l'endurance aux 24 Heures du Mans, dès le début des années 1950, jusqu'aux années 1960, remportant le très convoité 'indice de performance' à sept reprises, grâce à son poids minimal associé à une aérodynamique raffinée. En 1961, le partenariat cessa, Deutsch continuant avec des voitures à moteur Panhard, tandis que Bonnet se tournait vers Renault. L'année suivante, l'une des coaches CD-Panhard aérodynamiques allégés de Charles Deutsch arriva premier de sa classe au Mans, terminant à la 17e place du classement général, s'adjugeant au passage l'indice de performance à la moyenne de 142, 793 km/h.

Propulsée par un moteur bicylindre Panhard de 848 cm3, ce joli petit coupé CD a participé au Mans Classic entre 2006 et 2008, remportant l'indice de performance en 2006, perpétuant la glorieuse tradition sportive de la marque et finit 2e de cette épreuve en 2008. Peinte en blanc avec intérieur rouge, la voiture a été entièrement restaurée au cours de la période 2005 à 2008, le châssis ayant été restauré dans les années 1990, et est prête (et déjà engagée) à prendre part au Mans Historic cette année où elle sera l'une des plus sérieuse prétendantes à l'indice de Performance. Symbolisant l'esprit d'innovation des meilleurs artisans français de l'époque, cette jolie CD-Panhard est vendue avec ses factures de restauration, son contrôle technique et sa carte de grise de collection française.

1963 CD-Panhard Coach
Chassis no 208
Engine no CDT 104

In partnership with Charles Deutsch, René Bonnet first tried his hand at motor manufacturing in 1939 with a Citroën-based special, though further serious progress was curtailed until 1945. The duo formed 'Automobiles DB' in 1949, turning to Panhard for engines and suspension components that would form the basis of a highly successful series of Le Mans class-winning sports prototypes from the mid-1950s onwards. In coupé form the DB-Panhard was known as the 'Mille Miglia' and in open two-seater configuration as the 'Le Mans'. Introduced at the Paris Salon in 1952, these popular little sports cars were well suited for general road use and also highly competitive on the racetrack, where the DB-Panhard certainly made its mark. In 1952 alone DB-Panhard won 24 sports car races and set ten new world records for its class. American successes included class wins at Bridgehampton, Elkhart Lake and Sebring. The firm also enjoyed considerable good fortune at the Le Mans 24 Hours endurance classic from the early 1950s to the early 1960s, winning the coveted 'Index of Performance' on no fewer than seven occasions thanks to an unrivalled combination of minimal weight and refined aerodynamics. In 1961 the partnership split, Deutsch continuing with Panhard-based cars while Bonnet turned to Renault. The following year one of Charles Deutsch's aerodynamic and lightweight CD-Panhard coupés came 1st in its class at Le Mans, finishing 17th overall and winning the 'Index of Performance' at an average speed of 142.793km/h.

Powered by a 848cc twin-cylinder Panhard engine, this very pretty little CD coupé participated in the Le Mans Classic between 2006 and 2008, winning the Index of Performance in 2006 to uphold the marque's glorious sporting tradition and finishing 2nd in that competition in 2008. Finished in white with red interior, the car was completely restored over the period 2005 to 2008, the chassis having been restored during the 1990s, and is ready (and entered) to race at this year's Le Mans Historic event where it is sure to be a top contender for 'Index' honours. Symbolising the innovative spirit of the best French craftsmen of its era, this beautiful CD-Panhard is offered with restoration invoices, technical control and French Carte Grise de Collection.

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