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Panhard Dynavia Idea
First Proven: 1948 Paris Auto Salon
Description: Excessive-efficiency 4-passenger prototype
First seen on the 1948 Paris Auto Salon, the Panhard Dynavia was an experimental high-efficiency prototype that includes low aerodynamic drag, lightweight building, and a tiny 2-cylinder engine. Described by Panhard as a 4-passenger automotive, the slender Dynavia would have felt crowded with a full passenger complement.
Energy for the Panhard idea got here from an air-cooled 2-cylinder engine mated to a 4-speed guide transmission. The front-engine front-wheel-drive Dynavia weighed simply 1433 kilos and was able to reaching 81 mpg and returning virtually 60 mpg
Although the Dynavia didn’t attain manufacturing, it’s design and engineering are mirrored within the Dyna Z, which Panhard produced between 1954 and 1959. The Dyna Z was imported to the U.S. for just a few years by Citroën because the Dyna Panhard (see advert beneath).
Comic story. Panhard had not meant initially to construct a lightweight idea automotive, however European post-war supplies shortages made metal troublesome to return by. Aluminum, nonetheless, was comparatively straightforward to acquire, so Panhard went with that.
Whatever the what the Dynavia was fabricated from, it was a pioneering aerodynamic effort, with a drag coefficient of simply .26. The Dynavia is a type of actual automobiles—seemingly born of science fiction—that nobody can identify, however which seems in historic photographs on occasion as consultant of the “automobiles of tomorrow.” I liken it to the legendary Tatra “Streamliner” automobiles and the fabulous Rumpler Tropfenwagen. Should you’ve seen this Panhard idea earlier than, however didn’t know what it was…now you realize.
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Panhard Dynavia Gallery
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