On this day in auto history - July 19th

Mon 19th Jul 2021

It was on this day in 1967 that historic French manufacturer, Panhard, ceased producing cars after 76 years.

Founded in Paris by pioneering engineer Rene Panhard in 1891, the company was one of the real movers and shakers in the burgeoning years of auto development with its vehicles helping to set modern standards around gearbox transmission.

Panhards were the official suppliers of French presidential cars around the time of the first world war and also enjoyed plenty of success on the racing circuit but the company ran into difficulties in the post-World War II era, mainly due to miscalculating spiralling aluminium costs around the development of its flagship Dyna models.

Following a takeover by Citroen, the iconic Panhard marque was retired in 1967 with the company since concentrating on developing light armoured vehicles for the French army.

In 2012, Panhard was sold to Renault Trucks Defence - itself a subsidiary of Volvo - in a €62.5 million deal.