The CD-Panhard Le mans 1964 is a racing prototype, designed by genius Engineer Charles Deutsch. Deutsch's SERA engineering firm also contributed to the development of the Porsche 917 (including the Can-Am 1000 HP version), of the Matra MS 640, and of the Alfa Romeo 33.
Only two prototypes were created, especially for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Autodrome owns both examples, preserved in perfect condition. These unique road-legal prototypes offer immense excitement to any driver, either in Historic Races, or on the road: the Panhard-CD Le Mans complies with current FIA regulations, and is also registered for road use (French title).
1964, 24 Heures du Mans : "Ford the Giant" challenges Ferrari for the first time... After 4 victories at le Mans, Ferrari was the most admired racing car manufacturer in the world. This first confrontation was the focus of the whole world, and 300.000 spectators gathered around the Le Mans track.
The V8-powered Ford GT 40 draw enormous attention but Ferrari won again, and it took two more years before Ford could finally win in 1966.
In 1964, Le Mans was packed with fabulous cars, that have become legends : Maserati Tipo 151, Porsche 904 GTS, Abarth, Iso-Rivolta, Cobra Daytona - winners of the GT category and defeating the legendary Ferrari GTO - , Alfa-Romeo Tubolare Zagato, Jaguar E Type Lihtweight, but also Alpine M63, RenÚ Bonnet and the radically designed CD-Panhard LM64.
The complex conception of the CD included high-level mathematic calculations about the interaction between air flows, cross-wind effects, suspension flexibility, leading to a whole new conception of aerodynamics for racing cars. The famous rear fins were developped following very advanced theories, and enable the car to combine extremely low drag and high stability at full speed.
The CD Le Mans still represent today, together with the Porsche 917 Long Tail - designed in collaboration with CD - a major step in the History of the "24 Hours" but also in the History of racing cars in general. A few years after, the race track was modified to ban ultra-high speeds, putting an end to a fabulous legend of hand-made incredibly audacious prototypes.
This CD-Panhard opened a new era in racing cars : until the beginning of the 60s, aerodynamics was seen as merely a way to decrease air ressistance. But CD, demonstrated that aerodynamics were essential, and particularly its interaction with road-handling, suspensions, down-force, stability, and any recent racing car takes inspiration in the development of the CD-Panhard, where ground effect was put in practice for the very first time.
One understands better this irreversible change and the birth of the "modern" sports cars by looking at the Chaparral 2E and 2F with their wing directly linked to the wheels, the Lotus 78 and 79, taking advantage of the ground effect pioneered by CD, or even the most recent Formula 1 and prototypes, which are designed from the first sketch with aerodynamics in mind.. and their interaction with suspension and chassis.
Authentic racing Le Mans car (one of only 2 ever built) complete history, ready to run, FIA Passsport and road-legal French registered car. It's engine has been completly restored (1000 km since rebuild). Complete with supercharger, spare parts, etc. Incredible and rare opportunity to drive a Le Mans race prototype on open roads !
This rare prototype was displayed at the Paris Retromobile 2009 Classic Motorshow, and at the 2010 Chares Deutsch Retrospective in Avignon.
Sold with spare parts. More information and Classic Cars on the Autodrome Paris website: www.autodrome.fr
Reference Number 12815
as of 3/6/2017