1898 Panhard Levassuer

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The car is currently officially dated by the Veteran Car Club as being a 1900 model, but evidence exists that it may have been constructed some years earlier. Richard Shuttleworth believed it to be built in 1897, and entered the 1928 London-Brighton Run as of that year of manufacture.

Further contemporary information was that the car came 4th in the Paris-Amsterdam race in 1898, driven by Réné de Knyff (a member of the Panhard board of directors) covering a distance of 890 miles at an average speed of 24mph. In 1901 the car was re-bodied by Morgan and Sons in the brougham style (enclosed passenger compartment with open seat for the chauffeur) and became the first motor carriage to be owned by a member of the Rothschild banking family.

This car is also reputed to have been driven to Ascot races in 1901 by King Edward VII. Further investigations into the car’s history continue.

Richard Shuttleworth purchased the car in 1928 from Frank Webb’s garage in Leighton Buzzard and shortly afterwards it became the first item in the vehicle collection. Richard intended to drive it on the London to Brighton Run but the day before the start Panhard said they were unable to prepare the car.  Working overnight in a London garage Richard and his friend Jimmy Edmunds got the car ready and completed the distance without problems with four passengers aboard. Since then it has completed the Run on numerous occasions, most recently in 2019 (pictured below at Madeira Drive, Brighton – copyright Rory Cook).

The Shuttleworth Collection received the 2019 Harrods Heritage Award (pictured below – image copyright The Royal Automobile Club) for the restoration of this vehicle. The award is given in recognition of the best restoration or heritage project, achieved by the skill and hard work of the volunteers who are the vehicle team.

This exhibit is part of the Richard Shuttleworth trail.


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