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Panhard-Levasor 4 hp motor car gearing, 1894.

Panhard-Levasor 4 hp motor car gearing, 1894.
3 4 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm


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.

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