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(DB) Deutsch-Bonnet Chassis


H Modified

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"It was an 'H Modified' car driven by Rene Bonnet at 12 hours of Sebring, in 1952, that gave legitimacy to the event as an internationally sanctioned race. That car was also the first foreign factory team effort seen in America. The car was a Deutsch-Bonnet and it was a car from the DB factory, of which Rene Bonnet was the owner."4

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Paul Gougelman raced his DB-Panhard at Milwakee in 1956. He is shown on the right at that event.


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Paul Gougelman


Howard Hanna and his DB-Panhard won the H Modified class at the Inaugural Grand Prix Sports Car Races (National) at Virginia International Raceway on April 8, 1957. Hanna finished the multi-class race in 15th overall place. Hanna's car is the red #147 pictured at the right.1

Wiley Reid also entered his DB-Panhard in the same race but did not finish. His car #109, is show in the black and white photo on the right.1

Howard Hanna1

Wiley Reid1


Wiley Reid entered a DB-Panhard again the following year at the National Championship 1958 Spring Sprint Sports Car Road Races at Virginia International Raceway. This time he finished second in the H Modified class with his red #112, shown at the right (same car as above?).1


Wiley Reid1


1959 to Present

Arthur "Skip" Cook's 1959 Deutsch-Bonnet HBR5 utilizes a Panhard 850cc flat twin engine and a Panhard 4 speed transmission.

"This car is one of five, bodied in alumin(i)um by Carrosserie Cotard of Bourg-en-Bresse, France as a lightweight variation on the HBR5 coupé. Only one other of the batch survives in France. The remainder having been destroyed in racing accidents."2

Skip says that it "first turned a wheel in anger in the 1959 12 hours of Sebring, driven by Howard Hanna and Richard Toland.  Howard is shown in a photo [above] driving another Deutsch-Bonnet, with a chassis, engine and transmission similar to my car, but clothed in a fiberglass factory body."3

"The DB was entered in Class 4GT at Sebring race and retired at about half-distance with undefined mechanical woes."2

Skip adds, "According to The Bahamas Speed Weeks by Terry O'Neil, my car (DB #1057) participated in Nassau Speed Weeks in 1959 and 1962, with some success, driven by its then owner, David Darrin. 

An interesting note, is that David Darrin's brother was Howard 'Dutch' Darrin, the well known automotive designer who penned the Packard Darrin Convertible Victoria of 1940-42, among many other cars."3


"Arthur took this
exceptional car to the
first Le Mans Classic
in September, 2002."
Derek Fritz took this
photo at that event.2









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2Photo and information provided by Derek Fritz.

3Information provided by Arthur "Skip" Cook.

4Information provided by Marty Stein.

Revised: February 18, 2007.

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