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Sunday, December 6, 2020

Panhard Dynavia seem to come from the future

This time we will discuss an old concept car with a very futuristic appearance that appeared long before its time. Yes, the car shape is enough to make people amazed when they first saw it in 1948 in Paris, France. Although, it’s not particularly revolutionary in the way it works.
1948 Panhard Dynavia designed by Louis Bionier has a very futuristic appearance that appeared long before its time. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/33yy8ux)
In general, when it says French, and if it refers to the automotive world, people will usually immediately remember those country's famous brands such as Citroen, Renault, and Peugeot. However, it is rare for anyone to know about a brand like the Panhard, because the car in question was the Panhard Dynavia, that made its debut at an auto expo in Paris, France.
1948 Panhard Dynavia designed by Louis Bionier through a simple teardrop shape inspired of the aircraft fuselage. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/33yy8ux)
In the late 1940's, people were excited and fascinated by the future, because they envisioned streamlined pods autonomously driving on suspended highways, taking to the air as they pleased. Although they are very far from that goal in terms of technology and feasibility, one thing that is famous in this era is visionary and bold design.
1948 Panhard Dynavia designed by Louis Bionier while sat on display at the Exposition des Concept Car (Chateau de Compiègne) held in January, 2020. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3mGKOXy)
It seems that's what the engineers at the Panhard factory did when they gave birth to the Dynavia with a futristic appearance beyond its time. Like most of the post-war streamlined cars, in general they took inspiration from the aviation industry. And Louis Bionier, the Dynavia concept car designer (like many other vehicles of the era) look like succeeded to make a stunning car design through a simple teardrop shape.
1948 Panhard Dynavia designed by Louis Bionier featured simple dashboard with modern instrument panel layout and massive wheel steering. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3ojp9W5)
The 650 kg weighed concept car uses a 610cc double cylinder boxer engine that can generate 28 hp of power to drive the front wheels through the four-speed manual gearbox. The Dynavia which wasn’t much but still a bit more than the Dyna X, Panhard's other model (with not less unique looking). Thanks to a combination of aerodynamics and low weight, by those 28 hp engine power could get the car run up to a top speed of 131 kph (80 mph), which was about 18% faster than what the Dyna X could do with the same drive-train.
1948 Panhard Dynavia designed by Louis Bionier uses a 610cc double cylinder boxer engine that can generate 28 hp of power to drive the front wheels through the four-speed manual gearbox. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/33yy8ux)
Besides having a unique simple teardrops shape, it turns out that there are other uniqueness attached to this car is a single floodlight sat at the center of the car’s nose, while the headlamps (Cibié 'zero dazzle' units) were located in tubes in the fenders, where they projected flat beams through slots.
At that time this streamlined car was developed by Panhard up to the prototype stage and made only 2 units. Then one unit is known destroyed in an accident, while the rest we can see in the Cité de l'Automobile, in its home country, France. . *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CARSCOOPS | MACHINE OF GRACE ]
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