Citroën, beyond the Traction, 2CV and DS
Citroën, Retromobile, Paris, 09/02/2019

Citroën, beyond the Traction, 2CV and DS

There is always something to celebrate in the car world. For example in 2018 Porsche turned 70. In 2019, Citroën celebrates a century of car making. So this year there will be a lot of Traction Avant, hydraulic suspensions and flair.

Citroën Type A (1919), Retromobile, Paris, 09/02/2019

Retromobile kicked the celebrations off and was great occasion to admire some cars that made Citroën.

GTbyCitroën (2008), Retromobile, Paris, 09/02/2019

Neither the oldest nor the biggest French car manufacturer, Citroën is a brand famous for its innovations and panache. So why not focus on the race cars, concepts and even special Citroëns from yesterday and tomorrow.

Citroën Type A (1919), Retromobile, Paris, 09/02/2019

On both the track and the road

Although Citroën cars raced on the track the brand is more link to rallying.

Citroën C-Elysée WTCC (2013), Retromobile, Paris, 09/02/2019

Thus both the desirable DS and humble 2CV travelled every corner of the global. Even the SMs raced but the real push form Citroën into racing was with the failed Group B BX 4TC.Then came the ZX Rallye-Raid.

Citroën Kégresse, Rosalie IV (1932), DS21 (1969), Retromobile, Paris, 09/02/2019
Citroën 2CV Raid Afrique (1973), Retromobile, Paris, 09/02/2019

In the 90s , the mid engine prototype battled its cousin, The Mighty Peugeot 405 Turbo 16 and the rugged Mitsubishi Pajero in the toughest conditions. With 5 world titles over 7 years and 5 Paris-Dakar rallye it puts Citroën Compétition on track. The next chapter for Citroën Sport was in WRC.

Citroën ZX Rallye-Raid (1990), Retromobile, Paris, 09/02/2019

If the first victories may be contested because of the use of the cheat code “Kit Car”. The tarmac only FWD Xsara was superseded by a full blooded WRC race car. Unfortunately for the competition Citroën secured its domination with the help of Sébastien Loeb and a team lead by Guy Fréquelin.

Citroën Xsara Kit Car (1998), Retromobile, Paris, 09/02/2019

And if you want to dig a little deeper into Citroën rally history and weirdness check out the already mentioned Group B BX and the little Visa that ingested a Lotus.

Citroën Visa Chrono (1982), Retromobile, Paris, 09/02/2019

A certain vision of the Future

But the hard won victories are only a fraction of what make Citroën special. Indeed before the involvement in racing Citroën was a brand with Flair.

Citroën GS Camargue (1972), Retromobile, Paris, 09/02/2019

Take a look at the Camargue. Sure this concept is a typical Gandini’s design but the BX that follows was A Citroën.

Citroën GS Camargue (1972), Retromobile, Paris, 09/02/2019

Then there is the GT by Citroën. Who could have thought that Citroen would be the first to create a car for the PlayStation. And look at it, it is hard to believe that this car is 10 years old!

GTbyCitroën (2008), Retromobile, Paris, 09/02/2019
GTbyCitroën (2008), Retromobile, Paris, 09/02/2019

La haute couture

In addition, if Andre Citroën objective was to democratize the automobile, his brand did more than carts for commoners. But if the DS was still too much working-class for your taste, you could ask someone like Henri Chapron to build you something more unique.

Cabriolet DS Chapron "La Croisette", Retromobile, Paris, 09/02/2019

Like in the 30s you could make yourself special by driving a DS coupé Le Dandy or a cabriolet on the Croisette.

Cabriolet DS Chapron "Le Caddy", Retromobile, Paris, 09/02/2019

Today, there are still some “Artisans” that push the limit and improve on already great cars. I can’t wait to see more of this SM2a and dick it the little improvements that made the Concorde of the road still relevant today.

SM2, Retromobile, Paris, 09/02/2019
Citroën GS Camargue (1972), Retromobile, Paris, 09/02/2019
Citroën Karin (1980), Retromobile, Paris, 09/02/2019
GTbyCitroën (2008), Retromobile, Paris, 09/02/2019
Citroën C-Métisse (2006), Retromobile, Paris, 09/02/2019
Cabriolet DS Chapron "La Croisette", Retromobile, Paris, 09/02/2019
Il n’en restera qu’une, Retromobile, Paris, 09/02/2019
Citroën 2CV Raid Afrique (1973), Retromobile, Paris, 09/02/2019
Citroën DS, Retromobile, Paris, 09/02/2019
Citroën, ça décoiffe, Retromobile, Paris, 09/02/2019

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