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1961 DEUTSCH-BONNET LEMANS

Super-Light Front-Wheel Drive Sports Car Crafted by Racers

Producción Años

1961-1962

País

France

Número producido

232

Ingeniero

Nicholas-Joseph Cugnot

Charles Deutsch and Ren Bonnet began building lightweight racing cars in France in 1938. They originally used Citroen powertrains, but later changed to the Panhard air cooled 2-cylinder boxer engine. They were then available through Panhard dealers, and shared space with Panhard at car shows. The company name was later shortened to D-B. The body is made of fiberglass, and there is a folding top beneath the removable fiberglass hardtop. It is one of the few European automobiles to feature tailfins, although they were much less flamboyant than the fins on American cars. The Le Mans is very light, less than 1500 pounds, and therefore performs well despite its small engine. In 1961, Deutsch and Bonnet separated. Deutsch became a consulting engineer, and Bonnet continued to produce automobiles until his firm was absorbed by the French armaments manufacturer Matra.

1961 DEUTSCH-BONNET LEMANS
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