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René Panhard and Emilé Levassor built their first car in 1890, amid-engined, back-to-back horseless carriage. The following year, they built what many consider to be the first modern car, in terms of architecture: front mounted engine, clutch mounted between the engine and gearbox, and a driven rear axle. Almost all automobiles would follow this layout for the next 80 years until front-wheel drive cars became more popular and cheaper to build. This 6 DS RL [Type X71] was purchased by a Monsieur Lagouche of Arpajon, France (approximately 35km south of Paris), on July 12, 1933. The price was 55,000 Francs (about $2700 in 1933), and Lagouche placed a down payment of 30,000 Francs in order to take delivery of the car. This is a faux-cabriolet (coupe) in “DERKA” trim and originally came with a 4.1 liter, inline six cylinder sleeve-valve engine. Perhaps Monsieur Lagouche required more power than the standard car offered because he sent the car back to the factory in December 1934 and had the engine replaced with the larger 4.8 liter, inline six engine (now with taxable 27hp) from the X74. Note the hand-painted pinstriping along the bodywork and on the wheels, as well as the Art Deco styling of the dashboard and steering wheel hub.
Manufacturer: Panhard et Levassor
Country of Origin: France
Drivetrain Configuration: Front engine, rear wheel drive
Engine: 6 cylinder, 4783cc, sleeve-valve
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Top Speed: 80 miles per hour
Years of Production: 1933-37
Number Produced: 131 (only 11 in DERKA trim)
Original Cost: 55,000 Francs ($2700 USD in 1933)