French Cars: Citroën

Citroën  was the first mass-production car company outside the USA and pioneered the modern concept of creating a sales and services network that complements the motor car.  Citroëns have a quirky distinct style and there are many iconic models.

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Two examples of the Matchbox Citroën DS.  “DS” is pronounced in French as “Déesse” which means goddess. When introduced in 1955, the car was revolutionary, the DS was the first car fully using Citroën‘s now legendary hydropneumatic self-levelling suspension system that was tested on the rear suspension of the last of the Tractions. The DS was also the first European production car with disc brakes.

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Three small DS in my collection, the Matchbox are 1:65 scale, the slightly larger 1:58 DS is from Norev, a French marque, made in China.

I also have a 1:32 scale DS 19 from Bburago.

Other iconic Citroëns include the Traction Avant, the 2CV and the SM.

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11 Citroëns

The Traction Avant from Siku has interesting “suicide doors”. The light blue C4 Rallye from Hot Wheels is a more recent Citroën.

A more recent Bburago 1:32 Citroën DS but a 3 not a 19.

Citroen DS3

Citroen DS3 (Bburago 1:32)

My favourite is the Corgi SM, the result of the collaboration of Citroën and Maserati, I also  have a rough Matchbox model of the SM.

Playworn Matchbox Citroen SM

Matchbox Citroen SM…this one has had a rough life…

None of the Citroën models in my collection were actually made in France, but the two Norev models and the 1:32 Bburago DS19 were bought on a trip to Paris.

In real life I had a ZX, I even had a model of a ZX, but I gave it to one of my nephews before moving to Georgia, the model not the real car.

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My real Citroen ZX

My ZX in a car park in Worcester, before it’s trip to the breaker’s yard.

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Citroen 2CV in Paris

The iconic 2CV in the Norev Retro range. The 2CV refers to fiscal horsepower not actual horsepower, although the actual output wasn’t great, the first cars were just 12hp.

A second Citroën 2CV was given to me by my student Rezo (on a yellow base in the 11 Citroëns picture) . That model is made by Welly.

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