1991 Mille Miglia rerun participant,DB Panhard HBR 5 Coupé 1958

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DB Panhard HBR 5 Coupé 1958

€ 55,000 - 65,000
US$ 61,000 - 72,000
1991 Mille Miglia rerun participant
DB Panhard HBR 5 Coupé 1958
Châssis n° 1051

Modèle 1956 livré neuf à Caracas (Venezuela)
Prestigieuse marque sportive française
Éligible aux Mille Miglia, Tour Auto, Le Mans Classic

Associé à Charles Deutsch, René Bonnet fit ses débuts de constructeur automobile en 1938 en créant une voiture spéciale sur une base mécanique de Citroën, mais la guerre allait bientôt interrompre leur projet. Les deux passionnés qui fondèrent en 1949 « Automobiles DB » s'adressèrent alors à Panhard pour la fourniture de moteurs et d'organes de suspension de leurs modèles, orientation qui allait donner lieu à une série de sport-prototypes efficaces souvent vainqueurs à l'indice de performance aux 24 Heures du Mans à partir du milieu des années 1950. En 1961, l'association se rompit, Deutsch poursuivant ses travaux avec des moteurs Panhard tandis que Bonnet s'adressait à Renault.

Disponible sous forme de coupé, la DB Panhard était appelée « Mille Miglia », tandis que la « Le Mans » en était la (future) version découverte à deux places. Présentées au Salon de Paris 1952, ces petites voitures de sport étaient dotées d'un châssis caissonné, de la traction avant, de quatre roues indépendantes et de caisses en aluminium (puis en fibre de verre). Les moteurs allaient d'un bloc de 601 cm3 et 30 ch à une version suralimentée de 850 cm3 donnant 55 ch. Bien adaptée à un usage routier tout en étant très compétitive sur circuit, la DB Panhard connut le succès. Pour la seule année 1952, DB Panhard signa 24 victoires en catégorie sport et 10 records du monde dans sa classe de cylindrée. Des victoires de catégorie aux états-Unis furent obtenues à Bridgehampton, Elkhart Lake et Sebring. DB Panhard brilla tout particulièrement aux 24 Heures du Mans du début des années 1950 au début des années 1960, notamment en remportant à sept reprises l'indice de performance entre 1953 et 1962.

Cette DB Panhard vendue neuve à Caracas (Venezuela) s'accompagne d'un historique en compétition. Le 6 septembre 1967, la voiture arriva en Italie, achetée par Luigi Moretti (des brasseries Birra Moretti). En 1991, elle participa à la Mille Miglia historique sous le numéro 217, engagée par le Team Tironi-Minessi. Elle figure dans l'ouvrage de Rob de la Rive Box « L'Univers des Voitures de Sport » éditions Gründ 1999 (page 85) dont un exemplaire accompagne la voiture.

En bel état de présentation et de fonctionnement, la voiture est vendue ave son document d'immatriculation italien, son PRA italien et son certificat ASI. Les freins ont été refaits, mais le moteur demande une révision (un cylindre présente une compression plus faible). Raisonnablement cotée, cette voiture est éligible au Tour Auto et au Le Mans Classic comme dans d'autres manifestations historiques de prestige.

1958 DB Panhard HBR5 Coupé
Chassis no. 1051

A 1956 model delivered new to Caracas, Venzuela
Distinguished French sporting marque
Eligible for the Mille Miglia, Tour Auto, Le Mans Classic

In partnership with Charles Deutsch, René Bonnet first tried his hand at motor manufacturing in 1938 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 1961 the partnership split, Deutsch continuing with Panhard-based cars while Bonnet turned to Renault.

Available 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 boasted a box-section chassis, front-wheel drive, independent suspension all-round, and aluminium bodies (later glassfibre). Engines ranged from a 601cc 30bhp unit to an 850cc supercharged version producing 55bhp. Well suited to general road use and also highly competitive on the racetrack, 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. DB Panhard 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 between 1953 and 1962.

This particular DB Panhard was sold new in Caracas, Venezuela and has some racing history. On 6th September 1967, the car arrived in Italy and was purchased by Luigi Moretti, of the Birra Moretti brewing company. In 1991, it participated in the Mille Miglia rerun with competitor number '217', entered by Team Tironi-Minessi. It is pictured in the book of the 1991 Mille Miglia (pages 102 and 103). This car is also featured in Rob de la Rive Box's book, 'L'Univers des Voitures de Sport', published by Gründ (page 85), a copy of which comes with it.
Clean and in good working order, the car is sold with an Italian registration document, Italian PRA, and an ASI certificate. The brakes have been overhauled but the engine needs to be serviced (a cylinder has low compression). Reasonably priced, this car is eligible for the Tour Auto and Le Mans Classic, as well as many other prestigious international events.
1991 Mille Miglia rerun participant,DB Panhard HBR 5 Coupé 1958
1991 Mille Miglia rerun participant,DB Panhard HBR 5 Coupé 1958
1991 Mille Miglia rerun participant,DB Panhard HBR 5 Coupé 1958
1991 Mille Miglia rerun participant,DB Panhard HBR 5 Coupé 1958
1991 Mille Miglia rerun participant,DB Panhard HBR 5 Coupé 1958
1991 Mille Miglia rerun participant,DB Panhard HBR 5 Coupé 1958
1991 Mille Miglia rerun participant,DB Panhard HBR 5 Coupé 1958
1991 Mille Miglia rerun participant,DB Panhard HBR 5 Coupé 1958
1991 Mille Miglia rerun participant,DB Panhard HBR 5 Coupé 1958
1991 Mille Miglia rerun participant,DB Panhard HBR 5 Coupé 1958
1991 Mille Miglia rerun participant,DB Panhard HBR 5 Coupé 1958
1991 Mille Miglia rerun participant,DB Panhard HBR 5 Coupé 1958
1991 Mille Miglia rerun participant,DB Panhard HBR 5 Coupé 1958
1991 Mille Miglia rerun participant,DB Panhard HBR 5 Coupé 1958
1991 Mille Miglia rerun participant,DB Panhard HBR 5 Coupé 1958
1991 Mille Miglia rerun participant,DB Panhard HBR 5 Coupé 1958
1991 Mille Miglia rerun participant,DB Panhard HBR 5 Coupé 1958
1991 Mille Miglia rerun participant,DB Panhard HBR 5 Coupé 1958
1991 Mille Miglia rerun participant,DB Panhard HBR 5 Coupé 1958
1991 Mille Miglia rerun participant,DB Panhard HBR 5 Coupé 1958
1991 Mille Miglia rerun participant,DB Panhard HBR 5 Coupé 1958
1991 Mille Miglia rerun participant,DB Panhard HBR 5 Coupé 1958
1991 Mille Miglia rerun participant,DB Panhard HBR 5 Coupé 1958
1991 Mille Miglia rerun participant,DB Panhard HBR 5 Coupé 1958
1991 Mille Miglia rerun participant,DB Panhard HBR 5 Coupé 1958
1991 Mille Miglia rerun participant,DB Panhard HBR 5 Coupé 1958
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