Part of the gearing system of a Panhard-Levasor 4 hp motor car, 1894.

Lepine, John

 
Part of the gearing system of a Panhard-Levasor 4 hp motor car, 1894.
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 32cm

Description

The light high-speed petrol motor, invented by Gottlieb Daimler (1834-1900) in 1889, was first commercially applied to the motor car by the Frenchmen, Rene Panhard (1841-1908) and Emile Levasor (1843-1897) in 1891, who were also the first to mas produce cars. Their design was copied by most other motor car manufacturers. The car has a two-cylinder motor producing 4 hp, and was capable of a top speed of 15.5 mph. The sliding wheel change-speed gear gives four forward speeds of 3, 7, 11 and 15.5 mph, while a three-bevel-wheel gear provides the reverse. This particular model was brought to England by the pioneering motorist and MP the Hon Evelyn Ellis in 1895, and was presented to the Science Museum by the Royal Automobile Club in 1910.

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