One of the most distinctive looking sportscars ever. I’ve mentioned it before, as it is the successor of the HBR5 I wrote about a little while ago. Well, successor... The HBR5 was a DB with a Panhard engine, this one was a Panhard developed by Charles Deutsch.
And Charles Deutsch was the “D” in “DB”, from which the “B” was for René Bonnet. But you could have read all this in the HBR5 piece already. And Panhard was a reason for the split up in the first place as Bonnet wanted to use Renault engines and Deutsch wanted to stay loyal to Panhard. Paul Panhard rewarded this loyalty by giving Charles Deutsch a “go” in January 1962 to come up with a Le Mans winner.
Four months later a trial was done at the 1000 Kilometer vom Nürburgring with both a steel (racenumber 101) and a GFRP (Fiberglass, racenumber 102) body. #102 Crashed on a trail of oil trail after 10 laps but 101 (which was 120kgs heavier) finished 24th overall. The Fiberglass body however was the route they would need to as that was the one that could keep up with the Bonnets. And the race was proof it was a good concept as the mid-engined Bonnets appeared to be a bit treacherous, hard to handle, on the long and greasy Norschleife.
But I’ll have to stop here, maybe I’ll continu about it’s racing pedigree and it’s Le Mans results when Les 24 Heures comes nearer (can’t wait!!!!). And I have/find time to do some more proper shooting, maybe even line it up next to some other Le Mans cars. Importing the 1:1 Pao, work and a family life limits time for me a bit this week!
Just let me share one more thing: I can hardly imagine there’s only a 848 cm³ flat twin up front of the Panhard CD. Because it was capable of going over 200 km/h. At halfway the Hunaudières it was measured doing 204,8 km/h. I repeat: 1962. Flat Twin. 848 cm³. Mighty impressive!
The model is an Altaya 1/43 and it’s gorgeous. Clean. Crisp. Just the window trimpieces and window wipers are a tad to big otherwise I have no complaints. C’est ca aujourd’hui, Bon Week-End!