What's Hiding Under This French Lass' Bonnet?

You'd be amazed how much making mistakes pays off. A while back, I did this post that included some French in the splash image, and I, true to my nature, screwed it up. So Jonathan Miller corrected me, and even better, offered to be my eyes out in France for interesting stuff. A whole bunch is coming your way soon,… » 4/26/12 2:30pm 4/26/12 2:30pm

So That Nice Citroens Might Live, Hanzel Auto Body Hacks Up This Rusty…

We took a look at Hanzel Auto Body Works » 9/03/08 6:00pm 9/03/08 6:00pm, located in Oakland's historic Auto Row district for 90 years, last winter and saw that Henry Hanzel's shop is definitely the epicenter for all things Citroën in Northern California. A few weeks back, I got an email that started "I'll be cutting up a rusted-out Citroën DS at my…

Retired Racer To Drive DB Panhard Coast To Coast

72-year-old Jacques Grelley, a veteran of multiple LeMans 24-hour races, has decided to drive one of his rare DB Panhards from New York to northern California for the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. That's a 3000-mile journey in a 2-cylinder, 60 HP race car with the only luxuries being a retrofitted speedometer and… » 7/21/08 2:40pm 7/21/08 2:40pm

PCH, Deconstruction Edition: One Panhard or Two Renaults?

The plan was to have the PCH superpower whose vehicle won yesterday's Choose Your Eternity challenge pit one of its finest, most hellish machines against an offering from the remaining PCH superpower, France. Unfortunately, the Gawker poll thingy appears to have been designed by Joe Lucas, and the 2-0 tally in favor… » 2/29/08 5:30pm 2/29/08 5:30pm

Peugeot-Citroen's Panhard Making a Comeback?

The concept of reviving formerly glorious brands could be hitting the French side of the pond. Automotive News, relating a report from the French magazine Challenges, says PSA/Peugeot-Citroen may revive the Panhard brand for future premium vehicles. The company offered a terse "no comment" on the report, though a… » 6/15/07 2:38pm 6/15/07 2:38pm

Dy-na-MITE! Er, Dyna Z! Part of the Panhard Dynasty!

Follower of the Dyna X, the Panhard Dyna Z was now and then referred to as "The World's Most Expensive Economy Car," having retailed in the US for a fair bit of dosh for something that most Yanks thought of a Gallic anomaly. Nevertheless, look at this thing. No! Just look at it! As illustrated above, it even had a… » 1/25/07 10:45pm 1/25/07 10:45pm