Motoring's rich tapestry thanks to French Connection
Published 24/02/2016 | 02:30
At the turn of the 20th century, the French automobile industry had no equal and led the world in car design.
Renault, Panhard, Citroen, Peugeot, Talbot, Amilcar, Salmson, Bugatti, de Dion, Vosin . . . the list appeared endless.
In 1859, Lenoir developed an internal combustion engine and in 1884 Edouard Delamare-Deboutteville was credited with building the first gasoline powered automobile.
Just three years later, Panhard et Levassor was established as a car manufacturer producing its first car in 1891.
By the mid-1890s there were the Renault brothers, Louis, Marcel and Fernand (sold their first car in 1896) while Armand Peugeot had been active since 1890.
As well as many technical innovations, French car manufacturers produced some beautiful cars.
At the AXA National Classic Car Show in the RDS on March 5/6 you will be able to see some of the best examples of this French Flair, including the Citroen DS21 (pictured).
For more information see: www.classiccarshow.ie