The Classic Citroëns 1935-1975

The Classic Citroëns 1935-1975

by John Reynolds
     
 

When the final list for the Car of the Century competition was announced in November 1999, only one company had three finalists: Automobiles Citroen. All three models—the Traction Avant, the 2CV and the DS 19—were developed during the era when the company was owned by the Societe Michelin (Michelin Tire Company). All three were created by the engineer

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Overview

When the final list for the Car of the Century competition was announced in November 1999, only one company had three finalists: Automobiles Citroen. All three models—the Traction Avant, the 2CV and the DS 19—were developed during the era when the company was owned by the Societe Michelin (Michelin Tire Company). All three were created by the engineer Andre Lefebvre and the stylist Flaminio Bertoni. This industry recognition highlighted the unique Citroen-Michelin affiliation, demonstrating anew how this relationship made the automaker the benchmark for progressive design and creative engineering within both the international automotive community and the general motoring public.

This work provides the first in-depth examination of the Citroen-Michelin era, focusing on the interrelationship between these firms in the development of the revolutionary Michelin X radial tire and its impact on Citroen's avant-garde automobiles. From its origins in 1919 under the watchful eye of Andre Citroen, a history of the automaker's early years is provided. Next, the author takes a detailed look at the cars of the golden age of Citroen: the Traction Avant, the 2CV, the DS/ID, the Ami-6 and Ami-8, the GS/GSA, the CX, and the Citroen-Maserati SM. The innovations, the unique designs, and the new standards of technical excellence that these cars offered are all fully covered, heavily illustrated with rare photographs of the classic automobiles.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786421718
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
02/10/2006
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : the cars that Monsieur Bibendum built1
1Andre Citroen7
2Development of the Traction Avant, 1931-193430
3The Citroen Traction Avant, 1934-1940 and 1945-195753
4The design and development of the 2CV, 1938-194876
5The Citroen 2CV, 1948-199096
6The Citroen type H van, 1948-1981119
7The conception and development of the Citroen DS, 1937-1955126
8The Citroen DS, 1955-1975140
9The DS Pallas, 1964-1975165
10The ID sedans and breaks, 1957-1975, and the DS and ID Cabriolets, 1961-1971173
11The Ami-6, 1961-1969, and the Ami-8, 1969-1978192
12The Citroen Maserati SM, 1970-1975201
13The Citroen GS and GSA, 1970-1986218
14The Citroen CX, 1974-1989237
15Conclusion : the PSA cars, 1976-2000257
AppCitroen model specifications265

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