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Paris Retromobile

231239-275623-thumbnail.jpgParis Retromobile (An exhibition of old cars, motorbikes and model cars) is on at the moment. I like this poster. Every year at this time, for the past five years, I've been going out late at night and swiping these from billboards to send back home.

Have a look at these beauties. The first one is a Citroën CX Break (stationwagon). Designed by Pinanfarina. They used them as ambulances and hearses in France. I had a 1977 model in Australia. Loved it. You could fold the seats down and slide a mattress in. And the suspension was the pump-up green dragon's oil number - best ride ever. At rest the car sat really low. When you started the motor it would rise up off its haunches to the pre-selected height. I once forgot about this feature and stashed three surfboards under the car before falling asleep on a deserted headland south of Bermagui. I woke up in the morning to squashed surfboards.
The next shot is a early Seventies (I think) Citroën Safari. They were cool. Not many made it out to Australia.231239-275626-thumbnail.jpg
Citroën CX Break
What's this?
Panhard all-terrain
Surf woodie?
le Easy Rider

More photos here - Retro

Reader Comments (5)

Some cool cars and motors there Mal. I've always really wanted one of those old 70's rounded citroens. Not sure what they're called.
February 19, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterUncle B
DS Series. Way ahead of their time. There's still a few getting around as daily transport over here.
February 20, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterlambe, paris
Our family did the European Vacation thing in 1976 and my old man picked up a Citroen CX Pallas in Paris for the drive.
Cunt of a car, but the seats were luxurious and when you turned the engine on, the car lifted up on it's hydraulic suspension, which was pretty cool.
Brought it back to OZ, where it spent most of its time at the mechanic's getting repaired...
February 20, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterfingers
From "The Telegraph": "The original concept 2CV ("deux chevaux") built in 1939 and hidden from the Nazis before the War (behind a false wall at a Citroën test facility, where it was found more than 50 years later), will be among displays on show at a Citroën display on show at a Citroën exhibition being hosted by the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu over Easter."

There's still heaps of these funny little motors kicking around France.

Pronounced "Sit-ro-enne" not "Sit-rone" which means "lemon" in French.
February 20, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterlambe, paris
Discover more than 300 pictures from retromobile 2007, retromobile 2005, retromobile 2004 on http://www.passionautomobile.com/retromobile/

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