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About quiz # 346: 1905-08 Panhard et Levassor 15 cv


About quiz #346: 1905-1908 Panhard et Levassor 15 cv

Only one correct  answer  this week. Wasn´t a too difficult car, maybe it was a lack of good hints. Maybe the overdosis of men hanging all over. but perhaps there were too many people on it covering some of the most important details, but not all of them! Another problem came when jury member Ariejan Bos, the only one who came to the right marque, mentioned that the model year could be 1908. However, your editor was convinced that the model year was 1903-1904 and we contacted with Ariejan directly, who told us: 

"I decided for 1908 because of the (very vague!) picture I had from a P&L 1908 brochure of their commercial vehicles. Many details are alike: the inclination and position of the steering column, the position of the small chain wheel, the pattern of the engine and running gear below the chassis, the form and size of the louvres in the side of the bonnet and finally the overall size and dimensions of the car. However, the 1905 ad of a cab-like vehicle I have added makes me doubt. Maybe there weren't many fundamental differences between 1905 and 1908? The 8cv engine was produced between 1903 and 1909, the 15cv engine between 1904 and 1908. Still I'm inclined to think, that the car is not much earlier than 1908, maybe 1907 or 1906, but the fact that the front of the car can't be seen will make it difficult to date it more exact".

In short we decided that the quiz car is a 1905-08 15 cv Panhard et Levassor thanks to Mr Bos´s explanations.

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Bart Oosterling NL
Bas de Voogd / Rutger Booy NL team
Bob Swanson USA Sports Cars & Racing Cars
Carleton Hughes USA
Ced Pearce South-Africa Ford & Cord
Chris Paulsen USA Brass Era (pre-1916) cars
David Green NZ
Dick Trenk (deceased 2010) USA US cars
Dominique Barbault F French Cars
Don Edwards USA US Classics
Eduard Hattuma NL
Fons Alkemade NL French automobiles
Frans Vrijaldenhoven NL Dutch Automobile Historian
Fried Stol NL
Hans Compter NZ
Harry Schley Germany
Henk Visscher NL Firsts in Car Industry
Ian Hayhurst Canada pre-1916 autos / early Mopar
Ingo Jost Germany German Cars
James Helms USA
João Pedro Gazineu Brazil
John Barringer UK
John Robins UK
Jon Baker Australia
José A. Gómez Argentina
Josef Kubista CZ
Joseph P. McCormick USA
Kit Foster USA US cars 1920-1960, Stanley Steamers
Kjetil Langsaether Norway
Lars-Göran Lindgren S brass era cars
Luke Chennel USA
Marc Fellman Australia
Mark Dawber NZ
Mike Clark GB Vintage Cars.
Mike Tebbett UK cyclecars
Mike Turner USA
Nicolas Boissier France
Paul Linster L French & Britsh sports cars
Peter Ransom Australia
Richard Armstrong UK
Radu Comsa Romania
Raul Valkila Finland
Reg Harris Australia Citroën and English cars
Robb Stewart USA early racing and sports cars
Robbie Marenzi Argentina
Roger Fields USA
Rutger Booy / Bas de Voogd NL team
Stuart Penketh Thailand
Theo Castricum NL US cars
Tom Chaney USA
Verner Johnson DK