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Bimota DB 5 Mille
Bimota DB 5 Mille

DB (car)

DB (until 1947 as Deutsch-Bonnet ) was a French automobile between 1938 and 1961, in Champigny-sur-Marne near Paris. The was founded by Charles Deutsch and Bonnet. Immediately before the war the concentrated on making light-weight cars, but a few years after the starting with the presentation of a based cabriolet at the 1950 Motor Show, the company to produce small road-going cars. By 1952 the company no had its own stand at the Paris motorshow, but one of cars appeared as a star on the large Panhard stand, the level of cooperation between the two [ 1 ]


Light-weight engineering [ ]

The business produced light cars. originally in steel but with fiberglass bodies powered by Panhard flat-twin most commonly of 610, or 851cc. Deutsch was a theoretical who had a natural instinct for aerodynamics, Bonnet was a more pragmatic engineer. [ 2 ]

The fiberglass bodies a tubular central beam made from steel, front wheel drive and wheel independent suspension lifted from the Panhard [ 3 ] Until 1952 all DBs had been for competition purposes only.

Racing origins [ edit ]

and Bonnet had been promised a drive in the 1936 French GP for cars, but when this to materialize they set about their own racer. [ 2 ] The 1938 DB1 was a built using the remains of a Traction Avant 11CV. A of numbered successors followed, a DB4 in 1945 and a 2-liter DB5. two specials both placed in the postwar race in France, in in 1945.

An open-wheeled DB7 appeared in 1947, which the Automobiles Deutsch was officially formed. [ 3 ] Their cars were all built Citroën parts, but supply was and DB soon moved on to using technology.

DB was very active in especially in Le Mans 24 Hours .

cars [ edit ]

Bimota DB 5 Mille

The steel-bodied Mille Miles (celebrating victories at the Mille Miglia ) was a with a 65hp Panhard it was quickly followed by the Chausson-designed DB in fibreglass. The HBR model (1954–1959) was the most successful project to with several hundred of the cars produced between and 1959. [ 1 ] This was followed by the Le convertible and hardtop, which was in 1959 and built by DB until and continued until 1964 by Bonnet.

About 660 of the Mille Miles/Coach/HBR built, and 232 DB Le Mans [ 4 ] (not the Bonnet-built cars). Later could be equipped with of 1 and 1.3litres, and superchargers were available. No two cars may have alike, as they were according to customer specifications a wide range of options.

More racing success [ ]

Deutsch’s very efficient and aerodynamic designs allowed DB cars to reach impressive top despite the small Panhard engine. Deutsch and Bonnet whether they should cars of front-wheel drive or design. DB’s received victories at Le Mans (three Sebring (twice), and Mille (four times). [ 3 ] DB even an outright win in the handicapped 1954 Trophy sports car race, Laureau and Armagnac driving. [ 2 ] [ 5 ]

and the end of the partnership [ edit ]

Charles Deutsch, wanting to to Panhard engines, left DB in to found his own firm (CD ). Bonnet Automobiles René Bonnet . cars powered by Renault this business was later to part of Matra Automobiles. ended up an engineering consultant.


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