Are you familiar with the Panhard CD? It’s a remarkable car. I mean, all Panhards are kind of remarkable, but this one just sort of takes all the remarkable of ’50s and ’60s-era Panhards and distills it down into its pure, concentrated form, which is the Panhard CD, and probably would be dangerous if ingested. Designed by sports car designer Charles Deutsch (of DB/Deutsch-Bonnet fame), the Panhard CD was the production version of the CD Dyna designed and built for the 1962 24 Hours of Le Mans. The production version had a fiberglass body with an incredibly low of 0.22. Even better, the sleek car was powered by an air-cooled Panhard flat-twin engine, like they always used, making either 49 horsepower, or, in Rallye form, a ravenous 59 hp.
Oh and that Oscar Wilde quote on there? Here’s the translation:
“Beauty cannot be discussed, it reigns by divine right. It makes anyone who owns it a prince.”
My friend who knows Oscar Wilde like the back of her hand didn’t recognize this one, but it seems to be from The Portrait of Dorian Gray.
Only built from 1963 to 1965, about 179 of these were built. Think about how badass you had to be back then, and how sophisticated your car tastes would have been, to have looked at the vast selection of showy V8 grand touring cars out there and picked a sleek French FWD sports car with a meager two cylinders.
Look at that smug pipe-smoking bastard there; he knows exactly how cool he is, and he’s right. No arguments here.
For something so refined and sleek, the cover of the brochure is strangely crude, reveling in its own roughness:
Is that metal slag? Did they get a welder to weld those badges to a metal slab and then drip molten metal all over the place? I love it.