Today, Panhard is better known for its wheeled military vehicles than anything else, which is unsurprising since it stopped civilian production back in 1968, over 40 years ago. The last and greatest of all Panhard cars was the 1963 Panhard 24 CT. It was an extremely modern-looking 2+2 car that boasted a very aerodynamic shape, reminiscent of the Citroen models, had incredible fuel economy, and that was fast, on top of that. The Panhard was a modern car in almost every way, and was continuoulsy improved on until it was unceremoniously cancelled in 1968, an act which also saw the demise of the marque as a civilian vehicle manufacturer.
Incredibly, this smart little car was powered by two-cylinder engine, a flat twin that produced a very impressive (all things considered) 60 horsepower. This 848cc engine was enough to push the 24 CT to a top speed of 100 miles per hour, and accelerated to 60 in 17 seconds. While the acceleration figure is not that spectacular, the top speed certainly, especially for a car with only 60 horsepower! This is where great design and aerodynamics really show their worth!
If speed and looks weren’t enough to convince you, the 1963 Panhard 24 CT also boasted a fuel economy of almost 40 miles per gallon, a very impressive number if you consider that you were actually driving a real car! Despite all these advances and being so awesome, the 1963 Panhard 24 CT was not profitable for the company, nor for new owners Citroen, which shut down the marque in 1968.