Which Of These 5 Classic Citroëns Would You Take Home?
Photos courtesy of Artcurial
If you could have your pick between many of the coolest Citroëns ever made, which one would you take home? It’s the question Artcurial is asking of its bidders for Rétromobile, as a large selection of classic chevrons will be on offer from the collection of André Trigano.
Trigano’s expansive hundreds-of-cars collection is renowned for keeping its vehicles in pristine working order, so the examples here should comfortably sell at or above the high water mark for Citroëns sold in the past. All of the models here are offered at no reserve.
We’ve whittled the full selection of Citroëns from the collection down to our 5, slightly oddball, favorites.
Lot 316: 1929 Citroën P19 chenillette Kégresse plateau
Estimate: 40 – 60,000 €
Were you fascinated by our look at this incredible vehicle, or just want something a bit more authentically French to help tend the vines at your vineyard? Either way, take note that this one has a more powerful six-cylinder engine, and is considered the “fast” model of Citroën’s very rare half-track.
Lot 333: 1974 Citroën DS 23 IE Pallas
Estimate: 50 – 80,000 €
If you’d like to find a Citroën DS that you’re actually able to drive, it’s a good strategy to grab one of the later ones produced. Sure, you miss out on some of the truly weird features, colors, and trims offered before, but you’re getting a very sorted car.
This one was delivered new to Modena, Italy, restored once, and includes a number of very rare options, including a sunroof, fuel injection, and air conditioning.
Lot 327: 1969 Citroën Ami 8 Berline et un Solex
Estimate: 6 – 10,000 €
If you get to Rétromobile and are looking for an inexpensive way to get home, why not an Ami 8 and a matching Vélosolex? This combo was owned and resided in the south of France for its entire life, and is likely the least expensive time machine you’ll find for sale in February.
Flat out, Citroën’s little flat-twin will do more than 70 mph, too!
Estimate: 40 – 60,000 €
Ever hear of the time Citroën developed a car to take on the world in Group B? No?
Well: this is that car. It’s literally the best of what Citroën could come up with in terms of speed in 1986, but its disastrous results prompted the company to actually buy cars back from customers.
If you’re looking to complete your Group B collection, or think that the Ford RS200 is a bit “too mainstream,” this Citroën has your name on it.
Lot 325: 1971 Citroën M35 prototype n°417
Estimate: 15 – 20,000 €
Ever here of the time Citroën developed a rotary-powered coupé, with hydropneumatic suspension? That it leased to customers, tried to buy back later, and has almost removed all traces of?
This is that car. Better bid on it, as Artcurial says it’ll be “recommissioned prior to sale,” meaning you may be able to take home a rotary-powered, road legal, prototype French car. What could go wrong?