Having graduated from École Centrale Paris, he was employed by Jean-Louis Périn in a firm that produced wood-working machines, where Panhard met Émile Levassor. After Périn's death, the two established their own firm, Panhard et Levassor which produced its first automobile in 1890.
René Panhard died in 1908 and was buried in the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.
- Founders of Panhard & Levassor (French)
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