Yes, I spelled their name right. Today we will be showcasing my grandpa’s Bizare 1/43 Panhard junior. Yes, he also has the 1:1. creation of this model is due to the strong pressure exerted by the US importer of the brand in the US, J.B. Ferguson. Tired of seeing successful small roadsters MG, Triumph and Alfa Romeo with the young American clientele, he suggested and offered to finance the design and construction of a small roadster designed for his country.*
Sensitive to the financial support that would replenish its finances in poor condition, Panhard decided to embark on this adventure. A prototype was completed in record time at the body Di Rosa. But the stalemate in the Korean War makes very delicate situation, Ferguson withdrew from the case and Panhard only lead the development of the roadster.*
A second prototype is built to allow its presentation at the Paris Salon of 1951, based on the chassis of the Dyna X and has an aluminum body as the sedan. The trunk is accessible by folding down the bench seat intended for two people. She received the flat-twin engine of 747 cm3 of the sedan that despite his excellent performance and reduced appetite, develops only 35 Ch.*
Junior, which features the legendary handling Panhard is capable of hair-raising performance. Spartan and light, it will become the darling of young people less fortunate.*
The initial project included a production limited to 500 but saw demand in France, only because Panhard had no foreign network with the exception of the US importer, the manufacturer decided to review its strategy and presents a series of model with a steel body to replace the costly aluminum body. His weight increased by more than 100 kg is offset by a new engine of 850 cm3 developing 42 Ch.*
The model itself is rather, well, bizarre. It’s made out of resin, the companies HQ are in Macau, and it’s just a rather weird car. But I’m glad they made it. It is really nice, except for the fact that the windshield doesn’t line up with the body, but it’s too awsome so I can’t complain. Want one on Ebay? Already checked, there are none on there. Overall, it’s very nice. I hope you like it as much as I do!
* information from Wikipedia, translated from French to English