<b>c.1900 Cl&#233;ment-Panhard 4&#189;hp Type VCP Voiture L&#233;g&#232;re Vis-a-Vis</b><br />Chassis no. 313<br />Engine no. 313

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Lot 402
c.1900 Clément-Panhard 4½hp Type VCP Voiture Légère Vis-a-Vis

Sold for US$ 60,500 inc. premium
c.1900 Clément-Panhard 4½hp Type VCP Voiture Légère Vis-a-Vis
Chassis no. 313
Engine no. 313

CLÉMENT-PANHARD

Already a successful maker of bicycles and pneumatic tires – he owned the Dunlop patents in France - Adolphe Clément diversified into automobile manufacture in 1899, taking an interest in the existing Gladiator concern. Rear-engined tricycles and quadricycles were made at the Gladiator works in Levallois-sur-Seine before Clément began building a conventional front-engined light car around 1901. Clément's early vehicles were powered by Aster, Panhard and De Dion engines, all three makes being at the forefront of automobile development.

The Clément-Panhard was designed by Commandant Arthur Constantine Krebs, who had succeeded Emile Levassor as technical and production manager of Panhard & Levassor. It was assembled by Ateliers Clément at Levallois - Adolphe Clément was a P & L board member. Krebs was a first-class engineer who had built a successful airship in 1884 and subsequently designed an excellent automatic carburetor, but the whole concept of his Clément-Panhard was so eccentric that, in the early days of the London-Brighton Veteran Car Run, these 1900-02 cars were thought to date from the early 1890s. Among the peculiarities of the Clément-Panhard were center-pivot steering, a totally exposed gear transmission and a rear-mounted, not-quite-vertical, single-cylinder engine. To the true 'Veteran' enthusiast it represents the sort of challenge that makes completing the Brighton Run so satisfying.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Like many of these cars it was always considered to be a Nineteenth century automobile, but comparing its identification numbers with other surviving cars some of which have had their date quantified officially as 1900, suggests that is it from just after the turn of the century. The model was usurped quickly by products of Clément and Panhard manufacture as separate entities, and so by definition it would be comfortably within the dating period of earlier than 1905, required by events such as the world-renowned London to Brighton Veteran Car Run in the UK.

These cars were equipped with a variety of body styles, this car taking a more unusual form of vis-à-vis, with opposed seats and a small front seat perched over the transverse front axle. According to the family archives, Lindley Bothwell Jr. acquired the Clement Panhard in the early days, most probably in the 1940s, it is certainly pictured in group photos of the collection. Very few examples of this model are recorded as having been delivered to the U.S. so it may safely be assumed that it was originally delivered within the country of its build and migrated across the Atlantic later on its life.

Viewed today, it would seem that it has been a considerable time since it was last used, however this hasn't been to its detriment particularly and it retains many of its original features as well as the original manufacturers plate on the car and engine, and down to the use of the solid rubber tires with which it would no doubt have left the factory with.

The Clément-Panhard appears to have been well prized within the collection, taking pride of place in the main study area, where the Peugeot, Benz and Mercedes were exhibited/stored. It was equally recognized by the publication Concours d'Elegance, by Joseph Wherry, in 1969 where it was one of only a handful of cars to receive a full-page color illustration. The car has clearly been refurbished cosmetically since those days to a single primrose color scheme.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note Bonhams has been advised that, based on more up to date research by known experts for these cars, this would have been built in 1901. Also note, the title for this car is in transit.
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<b>c.1900 Cl&#233;ment-Panhard 4&#189;hp Type VCP Voiture L&#233;g&#232;re Vis-a-Vis</b><br />Chassis no. 313<br />Engine no. 313
<b>c.1900 Cl&#233;ment-Panhard 4&#189;hp Type VCP Voiture L&#233;g&#232;re Vis-a-Vis</b><br />Chassis no. 313<br />Engine no. 313
<b>c.1900 Cl&#233;ment-Panhard 4&#189;hp Type VCP Voiture L&#233;g&#232;re Vis-a-Vis</b><br />Chassis no. 313<br />Engine no. 313
<b>c.1900 Cl&#233;ment-Panhard 4&#189;hp Type VCP Voiture L&#233;g&#232;re Vis-a-Vis</b><br />Chassis no. 313<br />Engine no. 313
<b>c.1900 Cl&#233;ment-Panhard 4&#189;hp Type VCP Voiture L&#233;g&#232;re Vis-a-Vis</b><br />Chassis no. 313<br />Engine no. 313
<b>c.1900 Cl&#233;ment-Panhard 4&#189;hp Type VCP Voiture L&#233;g&#232;re Vis-a-Vis</b><br />Chassis no. 313<br />Engine no. 313
<b>c.1900 Cl&#233;ment-Panhard 4&#189;hp Type VCP Voiture L&#233;g&#232;re Vis-a-Vis</b><br />Chassis no. 313<br />Engine no. 313
<b>c.1900 Cl&#233;ment-Panhard 4&#189;hp Type VCP Voiture L&#233;g&#232;re Vis-a-Vis</b><br />Chassis no. 313<br />Engine no. 313
<b>c.1900 Cl&#233;ment-Panhard 4&#189;hp Type VCP Voiture L&#233;g&#232;re Vis-a-Vis</b><br />Chassis no. 313<br />Engine no. 313
<b>c.1900 Cl&#233;ment-Panhard 4&#189;hp Type VCP Voiture L&#233;g&#232;re Vis-a-Vis</b><br />Chassis no. 313<br />Engine no. 313
<b>c.1900 Cl&#233;ment-Panhard 4&#189;hp Type VCP Voiture L&#233;g&#232;re Vis-a-Vis</b><br />Chassis no. 313<br />Engine no. 313
<b>c.1900 Cl&#233;ment-Panhard 4&#189;hp Type VCP Voiture L&#233;g&#232;re Vis-a-Vis</b><br />Chassis no. 313<br />Engine no. 313
<b>c.1900 Cl&#233;ment-Panhard 4&#189;hp Type VCP Voiture L&#233;g&#232;re Vis-a-Vis</b><br />Chassis no. 313<br />Engine no. 313
<b>c.1900 Cl&#233;ment-Panhard 4&#189;hp Type VCP Voiture L&#233;g&#232;re Vis-a-Vis</b><br />Chassis no. 313<br />Engine no. 313
<b>c.1900 Cl&#233;ment-Panhard 4&#189;hp Type VCP Voiture L&#233;g&#232;re Vis-a-Vis</b><br />Chassis no. 313<br />Engine no. 313
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