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1957 Panhard Dyna Z

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1957 Panhard Dyna Z

Aluminum body construction (last year for the aluminum)
850cc flat aircooled, twocylinder engine 42HP
Fourspeed columnmounted manual transmission
Light blue exterior with blue and white interior
Frontwheel drive and fourwheel drum brakes
Centermounted foglight
Previously part of the famous Blackhawk Collection
Rare US Market car distributed by French Motors in LA California


The French have always been known for doing things differently; for asking why not when others ask why and MotoeXotica Classic Cars has a rolling example of this thought process with a rarely seen 1957 Panhard Dyna Z.

The cars paint and trim are in overall very good order. The windows are clear and crackfree while the lights, including the centermounted foglight, are hazefree and in one piece. This car rides on Michelin 145R40 tires surrounding 16inch steel wheels with full moon wheel covers.

The cars aluminum bodywork is solid and straight, the trunk is in good order with a fullsized spare tire, the engine bay is tidy and the bumpers fit well to the cars body overall.

Under the cars clamshell hood is a .9L, flat, aircooled, twocylinder engine. It featured a concentric torsion bar valve springs on roller bearings, hollow aluminum push rods with hardened steel tips, roller main bearings and big end rod bearings of Panhard Patent design with an additional set of smaller rollers carrying the roller cage (separator); nonremovablecylinder heads, removable steel cylinder liners. The cylinder jugs pulled off the crankcase and pistons like those of Volkswagen aircooled engines. Soft engine mounts to smooth the engines roughness, a radial flow fan bolted to crankshaft, full cooling shroud, aluminum structure and cooling fins. Herringbone timing gears, steel pinion and a Celcon phenolic gear running with slight interference fit, permissible due to the flexibility of the Celcon.

The 850cc engine is connected to a cableoperated fourspeed manual cast aluminum case transaxle with second and third synchromesh, transfer gears and second, third and fourth of herringbone design with a column shift. Unlike most frontwheel drive inline engine transaxles, the Panhard gearbox is between the engine and the final drive. The final drive spiral bevel gear is on a primary shaft, then a stepdown to differential gear through helical (not herringbone) pinion and gear. The drive shafts concentric tubes with rubber in the space between the inner and outer tubes and cardan (universal) joint at the inner end next to the transaxle, double cardan constant velocity joint at the outer end at the wheel. The car stops via fourwheel drum brakes.

Inside, the original blue and white bench seats that can hold six averagesized people are in overall good shape but show some wear from age. The benefit of frontwheel drive is obvious in the cars roomy interior, no center hump needed for a driveshaft as on a reardrive vehicle. The carpet is fair while the headliner is in good overall condition but has some blemishes. The cars futuristic instrument panel is in good order, as is the twospoke steering wheel. The cars shift lever is columnmounted, eliminating the need for a floormounted shifter and free space for a front center passenger. The inner door panels, mirror glass and shift lever are in good shape. There is a blemish on the passenger side between the doors.

In 1955, Citron had taken a 25 percent holding in Panhard's automobile business and during the next two years the national dealership networks of the two businesses were integrated. This gave Citroen and Panhard dealers expanded market coverage, incorporating now asmall car, a mediumsized saloon and alarge car range. It gave the Panhard Dyna Z, during its final years in production, a level of market access thatits predecessorhad never enjoyed and sales benefitted.

Themore streamlined Dyna Z replaced the Dyna X in 1954. Like its predecessors, the Dyna X and thePanhard Dynaviaconcept that influenced its design, the Dyna Z's body was originally aluminum with steel tube subframes front and rear joined by steel plate reinforcements in the sills. The decision to use aluminum sheeting for car bodies had been taken at a time when a sudden dropoff in demand for fighter planes had left the producers with a glut of the metal but in subsequent years the relative cost advantage of sheet steel had increased steadily. In summer 1954, the cost penalty of persisting with aluminum bodywork had become financially insupportable and in fall 1955 the latest Dyna Type Z1 had steel bodywork (doors, trunk and hood were still in aluminum though).

This car is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 38,746 kilometers or 24,076 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt title. GET OUT AND DRIVE

VIN: 1038497

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