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Team Panhard

The 1899 8h.p. Panhard et Levassor


This Site is about the 1899 Panhard et Levassor car that is owned by the Norfolk Museums & Archaeological Service and kept at the 'Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse' Museum of Norfolk Life at Gressenhall, just north of East Dereham in Norfolk, England. This is, we believe, the oldest working car in Norfolk.

The aim of this Site is to tell you about the car and Team Panhard, give you a little background information on the vehicle, how it works, and what events we have attended and shall be attending. Also read the script of the talk given by Phil Waltham to the Norwich Engineering Society in April 2011 which provides a good background to the car, as well as Phil Waltham's description on driving the car.

Items of note


The closing of 2022 saw progress for Team Panhard when the “Friends of Gressenhall” generously contributed a donation to assist with the operation of our team website. Successfully operated by web master Kevin Saggers this is a useful public and volunteer information Site.


To bring you up to date:The Panhard at the Royal Norfolk Show

  • After the prolonged COVID restrictions the team was once again free to become involved with the museum car.

  • We were finally able to push the car outside and start the engine for a run on the 18th May. After that the car was trundled around the grounds to be pushed back because of complete battery failure. All went well after Andrew had changed the battery and we took the vehicle for a fuller drive including a fuel fill at our local garage on the 16th July.

  • Changing gear still presented difficulties as is recorded in the early history of the Panhard when the title of "clash box" was introduced. (This became generally used as "crash box" to distinguish from the synchromesh gear change introduced to British cars, from America, in the early 1930's).

  • The photo on the right was taken at the Royal Norfolk Show.

The museum has arranged for the team to work on the Panhard in the conservation lab. in the early New Year when chief engineer Andrew Curtis will examine the mechanics of the gear change. Andrew is also preparing to examine the engine which has developed a slight knock which we simply cannot identify.


This year, we hope to take up more opportunities to exhibit the car and demonstrate it during museum events.


The proposed team work on the car will include a full overhaul involving checking an lubricating all parts of the vehicle including repairing the fuel supply lines from the tank and replacing the battery leads with a new circuit designed for the new battery. We do hope the Panhard will return to normal use after this work is completed.

Phil Waltham, Team Panhard.

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Page last updated: 06/04/23