1961 DB Panhard Le Mans
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Chassis nø 5095
Engine nø 2578 MS
- No reserve
- Well preserved car
- Rare model, particularly with hard-top
- Mechanics fully serviced
Registered for the first time in the north of France on 10 March 1961, this DB Le Mans cabriolet was a Luxe model, in white with red vinyl interior, and complete with hardtop. According to the excellent book by Alain Gaillard, "DB 1932-1962 - Les automobiles de Charles Deutsch et Ren‚ Bonnet", it only changed hands five times since then, receiving two blue stripes on new white paint in the 1980s. In addition to the hard-top, it benefitted from other period options, including fog lamps, front and rear bumpers, wooden steering wheel, rev counter and trimmed rear bench seat. Today, although the platform shows a few signs of corrosion, this DB Le Mans is presented in well-preserved condition, complete with accessories and original badges, and a re-conditioned engine. When it was bought by the current owner in 2009, it was given a full service at Paris Ter Auto, in Nanterre, which included work to the engine (rings, valves and bronze bearings replaced), the gearbox (synchros, reverse gear pinions and bearings replaced), the brakes, clutch (release bearing), and the steering flexible coupling and front wheel bearings replaced. In 2011 the chrome-work was refurbished, the windscreen seal replaced and the hardtop made watertight. It must be noted that the hardtop can be taken off and put back on easily, without the use of bolts, but with a system similar to that of a hood. The four Michelin XZX tyres were replaced in 2009 and remain in good condition, and the car is equipped with a map reading light.
With an odometer recording 24,495 km, this Le Mans cabriolet has great appeal with its two large round dials marked " DB ", sleek styling, high level of craftsmanship and wheels that reveal the wonderful Alfin drums. This is one of the last representatives of the association between Charles Deutsch and Ren‚ Bonnet, two great names in the world of motorsport, who gave rise to some outstanding Panhard-based competition cars. Being particularly interested in weight and aerodynamics, they applied the same principles to their touring car models, such as this emblematic cabriolet. Capable of speeds of up to 170 km/h, this is a particularly rare car, with production limited to 200 examples. It is an important representative of the history of motorsport in France in the 1950s and 1960s.