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Sold1954 Fairchild Panhard

UPDATE: seller reports it’s GONE, GONE, GONE to its new home!

1954 Vintage Race Car

Engine Specifications:
Fairchild Panhard, 2 cylinder, 4-stroke, 850cc; runs on 9.5:1 compression, twin-plug heads. Weber carb and electronic ignition. Outputs roughly 67bhp at 6,500rpm.

Transmission:
Four-speed box, integral with front-wheel-drive system; synchromesh 2nd thru 4th.

Chassis:
Multi-tube space frame with stressed aluminum panels, and a fiberglass body. Independent front suspension, with two transverse springs; rear is semi-independent with “V” axle and flexible center housing, and six transverse torsion bar; Houdaille adjustable shocks in rear, tube shocks in front. Rack-and-pinion steering. Front and rear brakes utilize aluminum drums.

Dimensions:
Wheelbase 84″, length 112″, height 32″, width 48″, minimum ground clearance 5″. Front tread width 48″, rear 48″. Tires are 15″ Dunlop Race, front and rear. Weight: 984 lbs., distributed 60% front, 40%rear.

A Bit About the Car:
By owner/restorer Don Racine, of Mini Mania

This car was found about 15 years ago, neglected, and minus the original motor. When I found it, I already owned the first of these “Nichols Specials” (Now driven for me by J.P. Molerus of France, and currently running in L.A. area).

We believe this is the third of the four Nichols built. It was originally raced by Perry Peron, and built (at least in part) by Stan Bucklin. After a little research, I was able to contact both Jerry Fairchild and Dr. Bill “Doc” Molle.

After I restored the car, I was fortunate to have Doc drive the car at Laguna Seca on its maiden run. After Jerry passed away, Doc contacted me, saying he had a gift for me – and I should visit him one day. Several months later, I did so, and was stunned by what he presented me – the original Twin Overhead Cam motor that Jerry had kept for years, (before he passed away about 6 months earlier). Although I still have the (intact) motor and most of the fuel-injection set-up, I have never tried to run it.

Throughout the history of the Fairchild, it was raced with various versions of Panhard power units, including the Fuel-Injected ones, as described in the book, “Sportscar Specials.” This car was also raced with a fuel-injected, twin-overhead cam, one-of-a-kind, Panhard engine developed by Jerry Fairchild. This car also ran with a production supercharger – as used on the Panhard Junior!

Currently the car is powered by a motor I developed, which is a copy of the motor as used in the Aardvark.

– Don Racine, 2005

Car is currrenly located in Nevada City, California. {ID# PANHARD] Asking $[SOLD]

UPDATE: seller reports it’s GONE, GONE, GONE to its new home!

Vehicle Details:
  • Engine: 850cc
  • Transmission: 4 speed

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