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Aalholm Automobile Collection | Lot 034

1908 Panhard & Levassor Type X1 Coupé Chauffeur by Rothschild

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kr.924,000 DKK | Sold

Denmark | Nysted, Denmark

12 August 2012


Chassis No.
26278
Engine No.
26278

This lot will be sold with the following documents: Bill of Sale

René Panhard and Émile Levassor built their first cars, a series of four identical models, in Paris, in 1891. Other models followed in rapid succession, giving Panhard & Levassor the claim to the first company to have continuous production, as opposed to the Germans, Daimler and Benz, whose early efforts came in fits and starts. With French colleagues and competitors such as Peugeot, Serpollet and De Dion, they constituted the world’s earliest automobile industry.

An early adherent to the front-engine, rear-drive configuration, Panhard was recognized by the application of the name Système Panhard to the layout, although another important ingredient, the shaft-drive, was not universally adopted by the company until 1913. Panhard & Levassor were also pioneers with wheel steering (1896) and tubed radiators (1897). Chief Engineer Arthur Krebs was a pioneer in carburetion and electric ignition.

The Type X Panhard & Levassor was introduced in 1907, the sole shaft-drive model that year. For 1908, it received a larger, 4,072 cc engine of the chain-drive U2, and was designated Type X1. Just 28 were built through January 1913. Most Panhards of the period were, like this car, bodied by Parisian coachbuilders J. Rothschild & Fils, whose prior work included the torpedo body for Camille Jenatzy’s “La Jamais Contente”, the electric racer that set the land speed record in 1899. The coupé chauffeur style, a close-coupled coupé de ville, was typical of Panhard during the period.

A very nice example of the coupé chauffeur, this Type X1 Panhard & Levassor has faux cane appliqué on the passenger compartment, which contrasts with the dark green bodywork. The wings and open valences are black. The passenger compartment is upholstered in a beige fabric with a matching carpet. The chauffeur’s seat appears to be original black leather and, while a bit worn, remains very attractive.

The car has lovely brass brightwork, comprising beautiful coachlamps, Phare Ducellier headlamps and an exquisite spiral bulb horn. All told, this is a very desirable and endearing automobile from the Brass Era, suitable for complete restoration, as its new owner prefers.

René Panhard og Émile Levassor byggede deres første biler, en serie med fire identiske modeller, i Paris i 1891. Andre modeller fulgte hurtigt efter, hvilket gjorde Panhard & Levassor til det første firma med løbende produktion i modsætning til tyskerne, Daimler og Benz, hvis tidlige bestræbelser kom i ryk. Sammen med franske kolleger og konkurrenter såsom Peugeot, Serpollet og De Dion udgjorde de verdens tidligste bilindustri.

Som tidlig tilhænger af konfigurationen med frontmonteret motor og baghjulstræk, blev Panhard anerkendt med anvendelsen af betegnelsen Systeme Panhard for dette layout, selv om en anden vigtig ingrediens, aksel-drev, ikke blev universelt indført af selskabet før 1913. Panhard & Levassor også var pionerer inden for hjulstyring (1896) og radiatorer (1897). Chefingeniør Arthur Krebs var foregangsmand inden for kaburatorer og elektrisk tænding.

Type X Panhard & Levassor blev introduceret i 1907, den eneste aksel-drev model det år. I 1908 modtog det en større, 4.072cc motor med kæde-drevet U2, og blev betegnet som type X1. Blot 28 eksemplarer blev bygget indtil januar 1913. De fleste Panhards i perioden var, som denne bil, samlet af de parisiske vognbyggere, J. Rothschild & Fils, hvis forudgående arbejde omfattede torpedorammen til Camille Jenatzy 's "La Jamais Contente", den elektriske racer, der satte hastighedsrekorden i 1899. Coupé-chaufførstilen, et tæt-koblet Coupe de Ville, var typisk for Panhard i perioden.

Denne Type X1 Panhard & Levassor er et meget flot eksempel på Coupé-chaufførstilen og har imiteret fletværk i kabinen, hvilket giver en fin kontrast til det mørkegrønne karosseri. Skærmene og de åbne paneler er sorte. Kabinen er betrukket med beige stof og matchende tæppe. Chaufførens sæde. der tilsyneladende er betrukket med sit originale sorte læder, er en smule slidt, men stadig meget attraktivt.

Bilen har fint messingarbejde, bestående af smukke sidelamper, Phare Ducellier forlygter og et udsøgt spiral-signalhorn. Alt i alt er dette en yderst ønskværding og indtagende bil fra messing-æraen, egnet til komplet restaurering efter den nye ejers præferencer.

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