René Panhard was born on May 27, 1841 in Paris. He met Emile Levassor, who was to become his future partner. With him, he created the company Panhard & Levassor in 1886, which manufactured gas engines before turning to automobiles.
The French army, via the Minister of War, General Jean-Baptiste Billot, bought its first automobile in 1898. During the Great War, Panhard & Levassor produced trucks and self-propelled guns for the French army.
René Panhard did not see the rise of his company in the military field, as he died on July 16, 1908, at the age of 67. At his death, Panhard was the first French car manufacturer.
Panhard would later develop emblematic machines such as the AMD 178, the EBR and the VBL.
René PANHARD : 27 may 1841 - 16 july 1908