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Jean Panhard, 1913-2014

Jean Panhard

On July 17 one of the last survivors of the pre-war French automotive industry died at the age of 101. Jean Panhard was the son of Paul Panhard who was a nephew of René Panhard. Together with Émile Levassor René Panhard, in 1890, started the production of cars at the already existing company Perin Panhard et Cie. which had been making wood sawing machines for several decades.

When Jean entered the company as technical director in 1937, Panhard was offering luxurous models named Dynamic. During the Second World War Jean became convinced that the company could only survive when it would be able to offer a small car. In 1955 Jean Panhard was the man who signed the fusion agreement with Citroën and in 1967, as président-directeur général, he saw the last Panhard car coming from the production lines. Till 1981 he remained director at Panhard, which by then was fully dedicated to the making of armoured cars and other military vehicles.

After his retirement Jean Panhard didn't leave the automobile scene at all. He was president of the Automobile Club de France, vice-president of the FIA and president of the Paris Salon. From 1976 he was engaged in the 'salvage' of the Schlumpf Collection in Mulhouse. Still in 2010 Jean Panhard explained his interest in the history of the car and the conservation and valuation of the French automotive heritage in a column of a brochure of the AMAFL, the association of automobile museums in France.

Last year, his hundredth birthday was celebrated at his home in Crécy la Chapelle: .

His name will live on, not only by means of the many surviving Panhard-Levassors and Panhards but also, for example, thanks to this impressive wall decoration near the centre of Lille .

( text and photo Fons Alkemade) 

Result for Quiz #374  will be published tomorrow, Sunday , July 20


Saturday, 19 July 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

What are you waiting for? Hop in! (update: 1920 Standard SLO)

Come and sit beside me.

Allow me to introduce you to Margot Burke.  She was a model when this photograph was taken in 1922 and  is captioned  ‘modeling for automobile advertisement’.  That makes me think America, but the car looks British and right hand drive.. The controls on the steering column look like Morris, but the steering wheel  looks wrong, and there’s no bulb horn visible.  Will someone help me here?

The most interesting discovery is the photographer, Emil Otto Hoppé, a German living in Britain who worked from 1907 and 1945 and has only recently achieved the fame he deserves after an American company bought the UK picture library which bought Hoppé’s images and filed them under subject and not artist. So his talent lay hidden for decades.

But I am neglecting my manners – it is Margot who is the focus of our attention and with those arresting eyes, who can resist her invitation to sit beside her and join her on a journey of discovery?  Hoppé shares another image of our friday lady here in more delicate feminine dress reading your note , which accompanied the flowers, thanking her for such a wonderful adventure.

(text Robin Batchelor, photos courtesy E.O. Hoppé estate collection

Friday, 18 July 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

A miniature XL bonnet Mystery (update: two 4 cylinders ?)

1934 stoewer_special_englische_heirat_470
Radu Comsa has a keen eye for photos in small shops and markets. Even for small photos found in small shops. Last week he found this physical thumbnail measuring 10 x 20 mm! in a Bucharest antique shop. Due to the interesting and its amazing ultra long hood he made great efforts to get the very best scan you can get from a micro picture like this. At that point we didn't know it is a 'wellknown' car. We studied the unclear photo (clik main pic) and finally figured out the flag on the right wing reads 'Englischen Heirat'.

Armed with these two words the car was  quickly found on a much better photo. Earlier published on IMCDB and AutoPuzzles. We understand is is a Stoewer based Special but very little other is to be found, so we're still curious what can be found under the hood... Last minute before publishing we were lucky to find this clip from the 1934 movie Die englischen Heirat showing the car with open hood very clearly! It looks like a teamed up twin engine. Making a rough guess based on the visible HT leads we would say a twin ignition twin six.  Or is it 'only' the 100HP straight eight P20? Or...?
Thursday, 17 July 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Maxwell parts remarried after a 30 years divorce.

Mystery engine update

report by Joe Goss:

"Quite some time back a mystery engine was shown on your site (check back May 2012), images having been forwarded from Mr Foster of Old Cars Weekly. I had answered that it was a lower pan for a 30 HP Maxwell. I did some sleuthing and was able to buy that bottom pan assembly. Now all this time later I had someone made a poster I had at my Chickasha Oklahoma, USA booth. It requested any 30 HP Maxwell parts, He says 'I think I am your man' and explained that he had some parts belonging to a friend in his mid 80's.

The parts had been in his garage attic for over 30 years and the car and memory of what they were was now gone. There were two extra pistons marked 1911 EA Maxwell, but most everything else was for a 4 cylinder T head with four single cast jugs. The gentleman offered to send some email images and I was able to confirm them to be Maxwell. Eventually I made it up to his place and took my engine pan and we checked the parts for fit. Amazingly they most all fit. 

But that is not the end of the story. After placing the transmission cover on the engine case, the seller noted a faint number through the years of grease and dirt. After rubbing it clean, we stared in amazement that the engine pan serial number and the cover from this batch of parts matched numbers. Yes, it all came from the same engine and had apparently been separated for more than 30 years and was now back together."
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

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