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Jim Bow
09-12-2009, 05:16 PM
Hey you Franco-automobile-ophiles.

Is this a stock Citroen, or some sort of kit car:
http://portland.craigslist.org/clk/cto/1362164854.html

Lew Barrett
09-12-2009, 05:23 PM
I saw an absolutely mint French racing blue DS21 sedan on the road just yesterday in Seattle. Great looking car, and the driver had a very satisfied look on his face. It's a car I'd love to own.

The car in the pic is entirely unknown to me.

Phillip Allen
09-12-2009, 07:56 PM
Thanks Pug...I've never seen one with paint on it before

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
09-13-2009, 02:47 AM
Lomax kit car. Also available as a three wheeler.



N.B. the three wheeler actually has four wheels, but the two at the back are very close together....

This, on the other hand, really does have three wheels.
http://home.clara.net/peterfrost/try2.jpg
http://home.clara.net/peterfrost/tryaneii.html

skuthorp
09-13-2009, 08:27 AM
Now, if you are talking 2cv's, this is the one to have. everyone get's a front seat.

http://www.geocities.com/paris/9896/144.jpg
Fire-brigade 2CV
When you are trapped in an alley in a forest on fire, you simply change side and reverse! "Service Incendie Du Var", the Fire brigade from Saint-Aygulf ordered this car in 1962.

or this for a drive in the woods
http://www.geocities.com/paris/9896/137.jpg

Nicholas Scheuer
09-13-2009, 08:39 AM
With the success of the Nissan Mobile Device, and the earlier Toyota Scion, I think it time Citroen made another puch in the USA.

I'd love to have a 2CV.

Moby Nick

Lew Barrett
09-13-2009, 10:25 AM
http://www.maserati-alfieri.co.uk/maser/brooks-citroen-maserati.jpg

Or a suitably updated one of these.

andrewe
09-13-2009, 10:32 AM
See them every day here, not show cars, just well loved everyday transport.
Saw a similar car to the Lomax, but was 3 wheeled, styled after the Morgan Aero.
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Nice 2CV Meharis (factory plastic bodied beach car, '68 to '86) fetch up to 15,000 euro. But that kit version is over priced.

andrewe
09-13-2009, 10:45 AM
Lew, you need to be a good hydraulic engineer to have an SM, grand tourer par excelance, but now a nightmare.
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Another interesting 2CV was the Safari, were they put another engine package in the boot (trunk) for 4X4

Way ahead of their time, Citroen lost money on every D series car they built, but made it on the little cars. Ferdi Porche was the brain behind the D cars. Several of the older 'Big Sixes' were fitted with the hydro-neumatic suspension as trial horses.I believe some still survive.
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Syed
09-13-2009, 12:40 PM
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/26/Citroen_Traction_avant.jpg

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
09-13-2009, 12:50 PM
Always preferred the Traction Avant -- the archetypical cool ganster car. Thirties styling in the 50s. What's not to like? Somebody who's photo literate please help me out with a pic. Great shots of one in 80s movie "Diva."

The TA was designed in '33/34 but way way ahead of its time. Front wheel drive and an all welded monocoque.

Nicholas Scheuer
09-13-2009, 01:41 PM
You do realize that "front wheel drive" and "traction avant" are redundant.

Lew Barrett
09-13-2009, 04:13 PM
So true, Andrew. But any 40 year old spaceship is going to be problematic, eh? :D

I understand that the US' foremost Citroen restoration expert is somewhere in Seattle, but he sure has been good at keeping his address a secret.

andrewe
09-14-2009, 02:00 AM
A German friend has a D19 special, bought new in '72. Keeps it in perfect nick, two complete rebuilds so far. We were coming back from looking at a Tajo barge (well, this the WBF) when the big red light started coming on on corners. Hum.. Soon it was full on and bit by bit the services disapeared. Suspension down to the stops (OK to go at 50kph /smooth roads) the steering got tough and the brakes went. This leaves you with the foot operated parking brake, which is on the front discs so works well. We pushed on through the Alentejo to the nearest town about 50km on. Got to the only garage where the told us to get lost as they were closing. One of the mechs came over and told us there was a tractor guy who might be working late round the corner. He was, and had some mineral fluid too. We had already guessed were the leak was and were back on the road in half an hour. It took two days for the air to get out of the system and the brakes were all or nothing during this time. Made for interesting driving.
The above pic is the 'big six' the original TA was the 'light 15' a much smaller 4 cylinder.
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During Andre Citroen's time he always demanded headroom for a top hat. Lost the company and was eventually done for collaboration with the Nazis.

skuthorp
09-14-2009, 06:17 AM
I'd forgotten, I had a Light 15 for a while. Suicide doors, very cool and very elegant for girls in tight dresses to alight from.
Swapped it for a 2.5 litre Riley. Not a great swap that one.

ron ll
09-14-2009, 10:18 AM
I understand that the US' foremost Citroen restoration expert is somewhere in Seattle, but he sure has been good at keeping his address a secret.

Northlake Way, about halfway between Fisheries and Dunn Lumber. But you knew that and this was tongue in cheek or something?

Lew Barrett
09-14-2009, 10:47 AM
Sort of. He always has those interesting cars (not just Citroens) parked out. But you have placed it for me.
Thus Seattle becomes the best place on the planet to own an old Cit. Another unique benefit of life here, added to the naked bikers at the Solstice Parade?

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
09-14-2009, 11:03 AM
Sort of. He always has those interesting cars (not just Citroens) parked out. But you have placed it for me.
Thus Seattle becomes the best place on the planet to own an old Cit. Another unique benefit of life here, added to the naked bikers at the Solstice Parade?

If you want to run a Citroen - live in, or at least near, France.

I know a woman who has a Berlingo as an anonymous hack - lives in Bucks and has the thing serviced in Paris - she claims, and I see no reason to doubt her, that this is cost effective.

ron ll
09-14-2009, 11:19 AM
Sort of. He always has those interesting cars (not just Citroens) parked out. But you have placed it for me.


Including a Devlin or two. No, not the stitch n glue Devlin, but the sliding door Devlin. :)

I'm not up on Citroen (lemon?) models but I had a neighbor that had one that looked similar to the gray one in your post above, but I believe it had an engine by Maserati? Was that common?

downthecreek
09-14-2009, 11:29 AM
If you want to run a Citroen - live in, or at least near, France.

I know a woman who has a Berlingo as an anonymous hack - lives in Bucks and has the thing serviced in Paris - she claims, and I see no reason to doubt her, that this is cost effective.

Eh? I have had Citroens for 35 years and one of the reasons I stick with them is the excellent service I have had from the Citroen dealers. That included Salters in Oxford, which is where my cars were serviced when I lived on the Bucks/Oxfordshire border. I've bought cars and had them serviced at Roy Tolley's in Colchester for the past 25 years and have been very happy with them.

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
09-14-2009, 11:38 AM
Lucky man.

I've had fairly dreadful service from some places in Bucks which I am not going to name.

I miss the quirkiness.

downthecreek
09-14-2009, 11:48 AM
Lucky man.

I've had fairly dreadful service from some places in Bucks which I am not going to name.

I miss the quirkiness.

I believe there was a dealership in Aylesbury that was pretty awful.... ???

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
09-14-2009, 11:51 AM
No names, no pack drill.

ron ll
09-14-2009, 12:00 PM
After popping off about the Devlin in my above message, I can now find no references to it. I must have the name wrong. I'm thinking of an old two seater sports car that had sliding doors. Darren? Devlin? Devron? What am I thinking of?

Found it. Kaiser Darrin.

http://www.americansportscars.com/darrin.html

Jim Bow
09-14-2009, 12:02 PM
Golden Era Motors, on Pacific St Seattle. I remember when he used to have several Kaiser-Darrin cars parked out front. It's an odd car to see once in your life, but to see two or three in various states of disrepair parked outdoors was very odd. The doors slid forward into the fenders. Fiberglass I think.
Lots of Cits and an occasional WWII military vehicle.
Kaiser-Darrin: http://assets.speedtv.com/images/easy_gallery/901323/1954_kaiser_darrin_m.jpg