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One of the earliest of French car companies, Panhard et Levassor’s first vehicle was a Daimler-engined machine in 1891. From there, Panhard grew to become one of the most prominent manufacturers of motoring’s pioneering years, marketing a comprehensive selection of different models, although eventually specializing in very large, very expensive and very exclusive products. One of the more notable was the Art Deco-influenced Dynamic of 1937.
Postwar, Panhard altered direction completely and became known for its quirky streamlined styling and air-cooled two-cylinder engines, typified by its Dyna series. Citroën took over in 1967 and devoted Panhard to building just military vehicles, something it still does today.