Friday, August 16, 2013

Panhard PL 17 Tigre Cabriolet-1962


PANHARD PL17 TIGER ....


The origin of the firm "Panhard" dates back to around 1845 when the company was employed manufacturer of machine tools for the woodworking industry. In 1867, the young engineer René Panhard joined the firm where he was joined in 1872 by a fellow student Emile Levassor . In 1889, the death of the owner, the two friends transform the company into small automaker "Panhard et Levassor", the story was running. In 1891, the oldest automotive brand so French built the very first automobile history that was actually a kind of mid-engine truck. The " Panhard "will be synonymous with advanced technology and mechanical sophistication for many years as the pto, the engine cover, the backbone chassis, hydraulic four-wheel brakes, suspension torsion bar. After the war, " Panhard "facing the economic crisis will gradually binding agreements with Citroën to finally redeem in 1965 ....


Restrictions on fuel following the Suez crisis allowed Panhard enjoy the low consumption of its workhorse, the Dyna, to increase sales. But this is just a flash in the pan, as in 1958, sales of steam. The replacement of this aging Dyna is under construction for a while, its specifications shall it should be a 5 horses that consumes only 6 liters per hundred and is capable of carrying six people. As for the name, everyone at Panhard agrees that there is a break, some think "Dyane" but other, more pragmatic figures add up 6 places + 5 + 6 liters horses give 17. And since it is a Panhard & Levassor, we call the PL 17! This name is more perfect for marketing the DS 19 Quai de Javel. Finally, on 26 June 1959 the new Panhard PL 17 is presented to the press at the time and undoubtedly, she looks good ....


The Panhard PL17 replaces the Dyna Z, yet it is just an evolution of the Dyna Z lines having only been updated. Around the cell of its predecessor, the designer Bionier will therefore draw a new car, rather an evolution, both the similarity with the Dyna Z is significant. If we look a little closer, it is true that the designers of office study had moderate their passions because only the front and back of the predecessor have been changed. Indeed, the central cell remains the same and a subtle interplay of polished rods arranged horizontally aluminum body looks slimmer and even more slender. The front cover is flat and headlights are farther apart, which helps visually widen the car. As for the trunk of the Panhard PL17 , it became huge. Three models are available, a first "intentionally simple" model (sic Panhard!), A second, more luxurious model called "Penthouse" and a third model sports trend propelled by a "Tiger" engine. A utility version is also the appointment that comes in truck tarp, pick-ups and vans tôlée. The public appreciates and production Panhard PL17 starts on hubcaps in France but also in the Citroën factory Forest in Brussels. This launch has enabled the company to the rafters to become the third largest importer of vehicles in Belgium, behind General Motors and Ford ....


With the amazing success of the Panhard PL17 Tigre at Rallye Monte-Carlo in 1961, the firm Ivry can finally see the future under better auspices. Processing cabriolet not need special reinforcement structure, as the platform brings rigidity. The tubular platform originally designed actually allows rigidity and modularity that allows all variants. Thus, and from the outset, break the van and convertible were in the drawing cardboard. The design of this 2-door convertible 5 seats is very successful. In fact it is much more beautiful than the sedan. This slender look all curves and soft curves is a marvel. Even flipped the convertible Panhard PL17 Tigre has a catchy and timeless look. The interior is designed to be as comfortable as possible and as safe as possible. And the dashboard, pushed away from passengers, features rounded and padded shapes, protruding controls are abolished and the gearshift is placed behind the wheel. The windshield and rear window are designed to eject in case of accident and the floor is completely flat. Also the tank is located between the rear wheels, away from shocks. The driver of the unusual Panhard PL17 Tigre Cabriolet find all the information needed to conduct in his eyes because the instrumentation is assembled on the steering column ....


As for engines, the arrival of the "Tiger" engine in 1959 brings a little strength against the previous model with the engine only 42 horses. On the beautiful Panhard PL17 Tigre , the compression ratio is increased from 7.2 to 7.8: 1 and the power climbs to 60 horsepower at 5750 rpm / min. The speed then reaches 160 km / h and its handling is excellent. The transmission is assigned to a 4-speed manual transmission, but optionally it is possible to get a semi-automatic transmission Jaeger. Original car with its engine and its very aerodynamic design for the time, Panhard PL17 Tigre has known an honorable success. With only 169 units produced and thus because of their rarity, the convertibles are those who have the most important side of the market for Vintage Classic Collection, with prices up well over € 20,000 when the state is up ....



Specifications :

    Engine: twin flat
    Displacement: 851 cm3
    Power: 60 hp at 5750 rev / min
    Torque: 6.8 kgm at 3600 rev / min
    Speed: 160 km / h


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