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We drove Citroen's greatest hits (2CV, Traction Avant and DS) back to back

But does reality match their legend?

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BY MALCOLM FLYNN

At first glance, the Citroen Traction Avant, 2CV and DS might have you assuming France is on another planet, such is their relatively upside down and inside out approach to transporting humans on four wheels.

Which is great, because a world limited to the Ford, GM and Toyota approach to mainstream motoring would be pretty damn boring.

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Each of the Gallic legends represents an excellence first, commercial return second approach to vehicle development, which largely explains why the brand went bankrupt for the first time just 15 years after it was formed, and again four decades later.

Despite two bankruptcies and ownership changes, this spirit of innovation and ingenuity, plus a healthy dash of French pride has helped the brand reach its 100th anniversary in 2019.

As part of the centenary celebrations, Citroen Australia teed up some very trusting owners who were willing to share their stunning examples of the 2CV, Traction Avant and DS during Motorclassica in Melbourne last month.

Thanks to Ted Cross with his 1987 2CV Dolly, Eric Bishop with his Traction Avant and Ian Downie with his 1974 D Special for this once in a lifetime experience.

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Comments (2)

  • And..............

    Apart from a short history of Citro├źn all you are saying is that you drove three cars. No feedback or comment on each. Content certainly does not match title. Am I missing something?

      9 months ago
  • Sorry this video left me cold, such emotive cars and absolutely no feedback on the experience

      9 months ago
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