(cover image: the 1956 Citroën C-10, nicknamed the"Coccinelle")
At the 2009 Classic Motor Show, held from 13 to 15 November 2009 at The Nec Birmingham, UK, the local Citroën Car Club together with the 2CV GB club and the Traction Owners Club brought four special models, three of which have not been seen before on British soil – to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the marque.
These vehicles were 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).
Powered by a flat twin-cylinder engine, the C-10 featured hydropneumatic 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.
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 Projet 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.
For more information visit www.necclassicmotorshow.com.