Panhard Levassor 4 hp motor car, c 1894-1895.

Panhard Levassor 4 hp motor car, c 1894-1895.
3 3 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 25cm


The light high-speed petrol motor, invented by Daimler in 1889, was first commercially applied to the motor car by the Frenchmen, Rene Panhard and Emile Levassor in 1891. The car has a two-cylinder motor, capable of a top speed of 15.5 miles per hour. This particular model - shown here after conservation in summer 1996, and with the engine cover open - was brought to England by the Hon Evelyn Ellis in 1895, and was presented to the Science Museum by the Royal Automobile Club in 1910.

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