Grand Prix History in Scale Models

1892, 1894, Emile Levassor, Minialuxe, Panhard-Levassor

1892 Panhard-Levassor 2 seater Levassor

1892/1894*City to CityParis – Rouen
Driver No.Entrant
Emile Levassor15Panhard et Levassor
Scale ManufacturerCollection
Cat. No.QualityRarity
*built 1892, raced 1894

In 1984 a trial for horeseless carriages from Paris to Rouen was held, which is considered as the beginning of organized motor racing. Despite not being a true race, but rather a trial, run from Paris to Rouen was the crucial point for the further growth and development of motor sport. The trial was unofficially won by Count Albert de Dion who was the fastest in his steam-powered car, but not eligible for the first prize as not accompanied by mechanic. The first prize was to be awarded by the judges consisted of the staff of “Le Petit Journal” and consulting engineers to the car which best fulfilled the requirements of being “without danger, easily handled and of low running cost”. The major contenders were Peugeot and Panhard et Levassor companies to whom the first prize was awarded equally. Four works Panhard et Levassor were entered for the trial in hands of both company founders, Hippolyte Panhard and Emile Levassor, teamed up with Emile Mayade and Georges Dubois. This plastic Minialuxe model produced in the 1960s can be attributed to petrol-powered Panhard-Levassor car manufactured in 1892 and driven in the Paris – Rouen Trial by Emile Levassor. The company co-founder finished 5th after Count Albert De Dion  on De Dion-Bouton steamer, Peugeot’s drivers Lemaitre and Doriot and Levassor’s partner Hippolyte Panhard.

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