News: Prototype Citroens to debut at classic show

Citroen classic prototype

For fans of Citroëns and ultra-rare classic cars, the 2009 Classic Motor Show in the UK will mark a British first thanks to a joint effort by the various Citroën car clubs attending, and Citroën UK.

Not content with bringing along one or even two prototype cars, the Citroën Car Club, the 2CVGB club and the Traction Owners Club will be showing four models – three of which have not been seen before on British soil – to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the marque. These amazing vehicles are being brought to the UK from Citroën’s Conservatoire in Paris especially for the show.

The oldest and perhaps most familiar is a restored 1936 Citroën TPV or 2CV prototype, with a profile, which will be instantly recognisable to anyone who has owned one of the famous twin-cylinder ‘tin snails’.

The same however, cannot be said of the 1956 C-10; a car nicknamed the ‘Coccinelle’ (or Beetle). This fantastically brave and futuristic teardrop design, which is thoroughly Dan Dare in its appearance, was designed to fit between the 2CV and the DS. Powered by a flat twin-cylinder engine, the C-10 featured hydro-pneumatic suspension and partial gullwing doors. It was axed in favour of a comparatively more conventional-looking car, the Ami 6.

Dating from the early sixties and looking like a blend of DS and Ami 6, the distinctive C-60 was again intended to fill the gap between the two models, as a fairly large car with a small engine to suit French taxation. It was abandoned due to spiraling development costs; the much later GS ultimately filled the gap in the range.

The final star making its debut is a prototype, which led to the creation of the Citroën CX as a replacement for the DS – 1971’s Project L. Drawing heavily from Pininfarina’s BLMC 1800 Aerodynamica proposal, the CX was the last Citroën to be styled by the great Robert Opron before he left the company.

The Classic Motor Show takes place on November 13-15 in Birmingham. Click here to find out more.

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