Its not all about the most expensive as Citroën showcase some of their most iconic and quirky transport at this years London Classic Car Show from 14 – 17 February at ExCel London.
The French marque is renowned for innovative thinking , quirky styling and sometimes bizarre end products, which will help celebrate the manufacturers centenary celebrations.
Citroën was launched in March 1919 and since then has played its busy part in some of the most iconic and legendary motoring heritage the industry has witnessed.
The French automotive brand will display 10 of its most stand-out vehicles at the forthcoming London Classic Car Show 2019. Exhibition models are set to include a rather seductive 1926 Citroën B12 Taxi, Citroën Type H Van and a Citroën DS.
There will of course be some younger siblings taking part in the proceedings such as the latest addition to the Citroën range and much talked about, New C5 Aircross SUV.
With a sniff over two weeks before The London Classic Car Show opens its doors to the public once again, the unique event invites classic enthusiasts, experts, owners, collectors, and auctioneers to see, hear and smell the world’s greatest classic cars all under one roof.
Alongside Citroën’s centenary exhibition, the show offers an indoor driving runway, which will feature a parade of Citroën models as well as an opportunity for spectators to see the classic cars up close.
Citroën’s ‘Ten’acious line-up
CITROËN B12 TAXI
Not surprisingly this is the ‘last man standing’ of its kind in the UK and one of the very few left in the world, this 1926 Citroën B12 Taxi was found in 2002 in a chicken shed on a farm just outside Paris. The model was transported to Kent where a complete restoration was undertaken. The B12 was manufactured using mass production technologies, which were still unique to Citroën in the 1920s.
CITROËN TRACTION AVANT
Much maligned prior to its launch on 19 April 1934, the Citroën Traction 7 was the first of the Traction Avant (front-wheel drive) line that eventually ran all the way through to 1957. It was deemed revolutionary for its many innovations, including being the first mass-produced car with a monocoque chassis and the first car in the world to lose the running board, which changed the way you got into a car – rather than ‘mounting’ it, you descended into its cabin.
CITROËN TYPE H VAN
The first front-wheel drive van in wide circulation, the Type H launched in 1947 and lasted decades without any major change up until the arrival of the C25 in 1981. It was deemed to have an innovative design for a commercial vehicle of its time and modern vans still take inspiration from its architecture and functional design.
In 1935, Maison Michelin took over Citroën and proposed a ‘people’s car’ for rural drivers. A national survey was commissioned to determine the right price, speed and capacity – this led to the 2CV in 1948. The lovable 2CV was hugely successful model with almost four million cars being manufactured until it was phased out in 1990. The model on show will be a 1964 2CV AZAM, which is one of only five of this specification left in the UK.
Its eye-catching ‘drop of water’ design, courtesy of Flaminio Bertoni, caused it to stand out when it was launched at the 1955 Paris Motor Show. This futuristic design earned Citroën DS the nickname the ‘Flying Saucer’. The hydropneumatic suspension combined with power steering gave the car its famous handling that allowed the Citroën DS to ride on only three wheels. In fact, the DS19 of General de Gaulle was able to save the President during the attack of the Petit-Clamart, in spite of its punctured tyres.
CITROËN MÉHARI [http://www.citroenorigins.co.uk/en/cars/mehari]
The first French production vehicle with a body created solely out of thermoformed plastic (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene), the Citroën Méhari debuted in 1968. As a result, the car wasn’t susceptible to scrapes, small blows or corrosion and was easy to maintain and entirely spray washable, including the interior. The 1985 example appearing at the London Classic Car Show was first registered in the Netherlands.
In production from 1982 – 1994, the Citroën BX set a new standard for the brand; it’s one of the best-selling Citroën cars of all time and credited with saving the company from bankruptcy during the ‘80s.
Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 1970, the SM was the first Citroën to have a five-speed gear box. The model on show was one of 1,500 vehicles that were exported to Italy, which was one of the best export markets for the model.
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Launched in the summer of 1974, it was voted Car of The Year in 1975. Famed for its curved windscreen and a boot without a tailgate, it sold nearly 1.2 million units during its 16 years of production. On display will be a 1985 eight-seater Citroën CX Familiales in full ‘Prestige’ specification.
London Classic Car Show Event Director Bas Bungish said:
“We are delighted that Citroën has chosen the London Classic Car Show to mark this key milestone. Citroën has shaped the automobile industry over the past 100 years and it will be fascinating to see a selection of these notable cars in one place.”
For further information and to purchase tickets for the London Classic Car Show, visit here.