1951 Panhard wins preservation honors in Japan

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1951 Panhard Dyna X 110/X85 receives award for how well it has been preserved rather than restored | FIVA photo

In what was considered a surprise of significant proportion, a 1951 Panhard Dyna X 110/X85 was chosen by the Federation Internationals des Vehicules Anciens as the “best-preserved vehicle” in La Festa Mille Miglia 2018, a Japanese collector-car version of the famed Italian rally.

The 1,000-mile Japanese event, which concluded recently in Tokyo, is in its 21st year but for the first time was selected as one of 10 events in 2018 at which FIVA would present one of its preservation awards.

“While the Panhard Dyna might perhaps not be every enthusiast’s first choice for competing in a 1000-mile road rally, the diminutive Dyna X would certainly be a car that almost every participant would love to take home with them, judging by the reaction of other competitors,” FIVA noted in its announcement.

The car, one of those known as the “Louis XVth” because of its baroque curves, is owned by Yoshinobu and Miyoko Kato. 

The rally was won by Bugatti Type 40 with a Triumph TR2 and an MG C-Type following in the top of the standings.

Eight of the 10 events chosen by FIVA for presentation of its preservation awards were new to the list for 2018.

As the organization’s president Patrick Rollet explained, “We are keen to help promote not just the very ‘top-end’ occasions, but also to recognize the passionate individuals who take part in events that are more open to the majority of enthusiasts – hoping to encourage a wider spectrum of FIVA members to enjoy these valuable celebrations of historic vehicles.” 

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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