Unusual. That's just an understatement for the Panhard 24 CT, which entered this month Auto Motor Klassiek has been described. The car is unique in several ways. State-of-the-art design and an eye for detail go hand in hand with the further development of the air-cooled Panhard two-cylinder engine. We saw a special cocktail and enjoyed it.
The Panhard belongs to Nico van Kraaij, a man with a special preference for specific technology and design sophistication. It is not without reason that he has owned the Panhard 24 CT for years, a beautiful and very early copy that further enhances the beautiful drawing due to its color scheme. Nico told a lot about the Panhard. About the technology, about the properties, about the design, about how his affection for the products of the oldest French car manufacturer came about. And of course we also studied this thoroughly.
Eventful and extensive history
In any case, there is a lot to tell about the history, properties, building construction and legacy of the Panhard 24 CT. So much, that it took a lot of time to refine, add and correct the article. We also describe the causes of the end of the last Panhard car model. The creation of the Panhard 24 has also been explained. And we answer the question why there was no four-door sedan with four-cylinder engine. With current knowledge, that would have been a valuable addition to the brand portfolio of the then owner, when other laws usually applied to automakers, who also wanted to anchor their financial position for the future.
Beautiful individuality provides the sunbeam
Within the somewhat gloomy weather conditions of the report day, the Panhard 24 CT brightened up the street scene. The French classic did that in combination with the ominous sounds of the M8S Tigre engine. A special experience. The 24 CT showed how beautiful individuality could develop. Still to the satisfaction of Nico van Kraaij, who revived his Panhard for the first time after the winter break. After this he gave the beautiful 24CT good spurs. Sliding across the road the sun seemed to break through, it was a pleasure to experience that sight.
Introduction to 24 CT and discovery tour
It became increasingly clear why the Panhard 24 CT in 1964/1965 was high in the tree in terms of purchase price. He was a curiosity within the price range between 10000 and 12000 guilders. The design ingenuity, the fine mechanics and numerous useful applications were merged at Panhard with a stretched and beautiful aerodynamic design. You will be amazed, and the introduction to the Panhard 24CT can best be described as a voyage of discovery that keeps revealing new things. A voyage of discovery, which was not allowed to be completed by the manufacturer of this illustrious car.
Mythical car in an 8 page report
It will therefore always remain a mystery how Panhard would have developed if it had been given a free hand by the owner Citroën. But that makes the Panhard 24 CT and its brothers even more mythical. Because it was already mythical and special during the production years. We are happy that we experienced it during the report day. An impressive day, which led to an eight-page report.
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