The first true car makers in the world was in France: Peugeot (1891) with Panhard & Levassor (1889). By car makers, we are talking about builders of the entire motor vehicle and not just inventors of engines who experimented with car strategy to test these engines –Benz and Daimler began as the motor designers before becoming full automakers and made their money in the early years by licensing their patents and then selling these engines to auto makers.
Well-known French cars
When it comes to well-known cars, there are 3 French cars that classic car collectors love to find. French cars can have a very unique style. The older cars have a beauty that is classic and makes them so great through time. That is why a lot of rich collectors continue to collect these classic cars as their hobby. If you are one of these people, here are some of the cars that you can pick out and collect:
• Panhard is a manufacturer in France of military and light tactical vehicles. It currently was formed by the buyout of Panhard in 2005 by Auverland. Panhard had been under ownership of Citroën, then PSA (after the Peugeot Citroën merger in 1974), for 40 years. Panhard at one time built civilian cars but stopped the production of those in the 60s. Citroen is a large part of the history of French cars. It was first built during 1948 and produced for 40 years an air-cooled engine and output of 9 to 29 hp engine. Currently these cars are most often used by companies that provide private tours of Paris as well as the countryside. This physically powerful and reliable car was produced in the years 1960 to 1975. This family car was marketed until 1988 and is very popular in different countries especially in Africa.
• The Peugeot 404 is a family car that is large and was produced by French car manufacturer Peugeot from the 60s until 1975. A body style of truck modified was made until 1988. The 404 was built by license in several countries in Africa especially Kenya until 1991 and was made in Argentina in El Palomar by Safrar/Sevel, in Chile by Automotores Franco Chilena S.A. in Los Andes, and in Canada Québec, at the SOMA Ltd. Plant in St-Bruno-de-Montarville.