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1933 Panhard X72 Berline

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  • A fine example of this rare model
  • Older restoration, remaining in great condition throughout 
  • Rebuilt Knight-licensed sleeve engine (2016) and restored bodywork

The Appeal

Panhard et Levassor had built a reputation right from the very dawn of motoring as a company which produced high quality vehicles. They were capable and well-regarded, and this reputation stood them in good stead throughout the first half of the 20th Century. 

This X72 was produced in 1933 and has spent time in a Slovakian car museum until recently. The car has previously been fully refurbished, including restoring the body and paintwork, and restoring the engine, running gear and chassis. It remains in great condition throughout and we’re told it is mechanically without fault. 

So this is a fantastic opportunity to acquire a rare example of a Panhard et Levassor X72, a fine prewar car which is very capable and stylish. It will be welcomed at many shows and events throughout Europe. 

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered in 1933
  • Chassis number: 95881
  • Engine number: 95881
  • Photographs of mechanical rebuild and bodywork restoration on file
  • Invoices for parts and servicing

The Interior

  • Charmingly original interior
  • Storage nets on the ceiling
  • Well appointed dashboard

The passenger compartment of this grande automobile is sumptuously appointed, with fine cloth seat covers, polished mahogany trim and a well stocked dashboard. It is a very pleasant place to be and will impress any passengers with its opulence.

There are a few marks and tears to the upholstery, which have been picked up over the years, but these only serve to add tho the car’s sense of history. The door cards feature deep pockets and there is netting in the roof for extra storage. The dashboard is finished in wood-effect paint. The windscreen can be wound open for fresh air and there is excellent visibility, afforded by the thin A-pillars. 

A full set of instruments provides the driver with plenty of information, including the engine oil level, and a large-rimmed steering wheel provides ample leverage for piloting this sizeable limousine. 

There is a sizeable luggage trunk to the rear of the car, which makes this a great vehicle for touring: it’s spacious and able to carry plenty of luggage.

The Exterior 

  • Sweeping wings and imposing radiator grille
  • Discreetly fitted flashing indicators
  • Smart artillery wheels and rear-mounted spare 

The imperious styling of this Panhard’s body will ensure that other road users pay it the respect it deserves. Its tall, chrome, V-shaped radiator grille looks fantastic as it slices through traffic, and the huge headlamps cash a decisive beam ahead. 

The ‘Berline’ bodywork looks sleek, having been restored, and with its narrow slit of a windscreen and tall sides. The chrome plated bumpers are trimmed with rubber and are fitted with discreet flashing indicators, to aid driving in modern traffic. 

This Panhard runs on steel ‘artillery’ wheels which look very smart, and are fitted with polished chrome rims and centres. They are shod with Michelin tyres, which appear to be in good condition and retain good tread. Underneath, the car appears to be in great shape, with a very clean chassis and running gear showing just a little surface corrosion.

The Mechanics 

  • 2,516cc six-cylinder sleeve-valve engine
  • Differential rebuilt 
  • Steering box refurbished

Panhard et Levassor was one of the last companies to champion the sleeve-valve engine for its smooth and quiet running. The six-cylinder unit fitted to this X72 displaces 2½ litres, which placed it in the 14CV French tax band. 

Accompanying photographs show the engine in various states of disassembly during an engine rebuild. The person who rebuilt the engine in 2016 has kindly come forward and told us that it was indeed a full engine rebuild with new pistons, rings, conrod bearings, new white metal applied to the sleeves etc. These engines are known for their quiet operation but need quite a lot of oil, they do smoke but this is perfectly normal, a word of advice to the future owner!

Accompanying invoices imply that this work was carried already out in the early 1990s. Similarly, the suspension and running gear have been rebuilt, along with the rear axle and the steering box.

In all, this Panhard appears to have been very well cared for over the years. It is said to be in full roadworthy condition, with no faults reported. 


With so much work already undertaken, this Panhard is sure to be a joy to own and drive.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1933
  • Make Panhard
  • Colour Black
  • Odometer 8,029 Kilometres
  • Engine size 2516
Listing Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Liptovský Mikuláš
  • Location International
  • Country Slovakia

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