08 April, 2011

Gallic bred

Spotted parked at work the other day. Like most petrolheads I like an older Citroën, particularly a CX cos we had one when I was a nipper; but just generally, they were distinctive, classy, most of all different. No other marque said vive la différence so consistently as Citroën. Weird-ass hydraulic suspension and brakes... cars that floated up when you started them up, umbrella handle gearshifts, single spoke steering wheels, steering lights, sharp styling the list just goes on and on.

That said whilst my first reaction to seeing this was WANT! it only took a seconds consideration to realise that a Citroën from the glory days in this condition should provoke only one reaction no matter how Bruce it looks: Run. Run like the fucking wind. A 2CV may very well be repairable by a farmer with a screwdriver, a CX on the other hand needs an owner with a Masters in plumbing and electronics. Still want though...




It's a shame that homogenisation in the car industry has seen most of Citroën's design flair submerged to such an extent that their products could be interchangeable with Peugeot, Renault, or god forbid Ford or Vauxhall these days.

French designer Ora-Ito has just designed a UFO inspired by the classic Citroën design language of the DS. I like it. It shows that there are certain distinct styling cues that are Citroën without having to fall back on a 'retro' car design, they should totally apply this to their cars.



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Blogger Roo shout your mess

Loving the UFO, has some sharp angles that the DS had.
I'm not sure the new DS3 will ever beat any of the classic models though...

and if you are still thinking, in any small way, of buying something , go see

http://www.frenchclassics.co.uk/cars/For+Sale/Citroen+DS

Laters, Roo

April 17, 2011 6:58 pm

 
Blogger Chris shout your mess

Roo



you


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bad person...

...now I need more things.

April 18, 2011 7:51 am

 
Blogger Roo shout your mess

AHA! My evil plan worked... god I love the DS, they did a special with a Maserati engine in I think, ran like stink but started to break up at speed!

The DS almost ranks as a fave above the Stag (but don't tell the Stag I said that)

I haven't heard anything back about the Lightning yet, I think that's a bust.

Laters

April 19, 2011 6:33 pm

 
Blogger Ginger shout your mess

The Citroen SM was one cool French/Italien hybred that helped to bankrupt Citroen in the early 70's. They didn't know they were costing more to make then they were being sold for. Merde!
These are the two I like the most. The owner loved his SM so much he ran it up to 203mph at Boniville and built the pick up to tow it there.
http://www.maserati-alfieri.co.uk/enthusiast176/hathaway_citroen_sm-01a.jpg

April 25, 2011 10:18 pm

 
Blogger Chris shout your mess

lovely find Ginger - the straightliner hubcaps really suit it

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