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Limited edition sculpture
Limited edition DS sculpture

A message from Greg Long

The gorgeous Petrolicious.com website is graciously offering a few excerpts from my book FOUND. The book contains a ton of good stuff on all sorts of vintage Citroens -- from a '56 DS19 from San Francisco, an NOS '65 2CV in Nevada, to an SM from Whistler, BC--even a story about the hiding of the elusive unicorn 22CV Cabriolet in Europe! It's received 16 out of 18, 5 Star reviews on Amazon and is only £6.99/$9.99 (US)!

31st May 2015

CitroŽn Champs-Elysťes Showroom “C_42” closed
new concept “La Maison CitroŽn” is here

Relay at Van Monster
CitroŽn Relay at Van Monster

Amicale CitroŽn Internationale
Bringing together the CitroŽn clubs of the world

Citroen Car Club
CitroŽn Car Club


Traction Owners Club
Traction Owners Club

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Passenger cars All the cars produced by the company from 1919 to date


Utility + commercial vehicles All the vans and trucks produced by the company

Prototypes + Concept cars Show cars, concept cars and prototypes of the production models

Resources including e-mail lists, book reviews, magazines, links to other sites and screensavers and lots of other goodies

CitroŽns made outside France The company was one of the first motor manufacturers to build cars outside its domestic territory and many of those built were market specific and differed from the domestic models

PhotothŤques Photo galeries galore

Miscellaneous All the stuff that doesn't fit into one of the other categories

Sport CitroŽn's success in motor sport is the result of more than fifty years of involvement

CitroŽn publicity Brochures and advertisements

Panhard et Levassor One of the automotive pioneers was owned by CitroŽn

l'Annuaire Auto-Collection


Action Auto Moto
CitroÍn D5
CitroÍn D5 : The star of the 2012 Mondial

Citroen C6 road test
C6 road test

Citroen C6 Lignage designs
C6 Lignage design studies

Sbarro Cruise Crosser
Cruise Crosser 6 wheel drive

Baby Brousse
Baby Brousse

Argentine CitroŽn 2CVs
Fototeca de Nestor
Chinese ZX bootlegs
ZX bootlegs


CX 40th anniversary
CX 40th anniversary

Le Tacot automobile museum
CitroŽns at the Musťe le Tacot

CitroŽnŽt : for people who are interested in CitroŽn, past, present and future

In 1919, CitroŽn launched its first model - the Type A.
From the mid thirties until recently, the company has produced some of the most individualistic and technically interesting cars ever built.
DS the goddess
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Online petition asking PSA not to abandon hydropneumatic suspension How the hydraulic system works Online petition asking PSA not to abandon hydropneumatic suspension
On June 1st 2017, the last hydropneumatic CitroŽn rolled off the production line at Rennes

Is the CitroŽn DS a CitroŽn?

Is the CitroŽn DS a CitroŽn?

Well, there’s a daft question.  It should be self-evident that it is.  Except for when you ask CitroŽn UK* whose answer suggests that it both is and isn’t.  Of course the CitroŽn world has been vexed by a not dissimilar question – are cars in the DS range CitroŽns?

About this site

Back in the early days of the Internet (1995 to be precise) I went on line for the first time and being a CitroŽn fanatic opened up my browser and ran a search on 'CitroŽn'.
The search engine came up with a grand total of seventeen sites, one of which was the CitroŽn Connection in Canada. I somewhat hesitantly sent an e-mail to Blair Anderson, the Webmaster - little did I realise that this would be the beginning of but one of many enduring friendships.
Some of the sites were, it must be said, rather uninteresting - a picture of somebody's car and some text saying "This is a picture of my car" Blair's site wasn't like that and over the years, he has proved to be an inspirational mentor.
For years, Blair hosted my site on his own dedicated Apple server but eventually it became too large and attracted such high volumes of traffic that he was unable to continue with the arrangement.
In 1995, I volunteered to help design the CitroŽn Car Club site and with Adrian Chapman, we put together the original site. (Adrian has subsequently redesigned the site.) The raison d'Ítre of the CitroŽn Car Club site was recruitment but while working on it, I realised that I had such a wealth of material, that I might just as well create my own site.
Thus CitroŽnŽt was born. Originally it covered only one topic - a reprint of an article originally published in the CitroŽnian about the fabled D Sport. Over the years, it has grown and expanded to well over a thousand pages devoted to all aspects of the marque including details of CitroŽn's production cars, prototypes, concept and show vehicles, commercial vehicles, resources for the CitroŽn fan such as book lists, calendars, e-mail lists, memorabilia, screensavers, articles, etc.

I currently drive a C6 Exclusive the latest in a long line of CitroŽns.

Julian Marsh

Terminology - I have used the French designations where appropriate - thus a berline is a saloon car (UK) or sedan (US), a limousine is a six light berline, a break is an estate car (UK) or wagon (US), a camionette or fourgonnette is a light truck or delivery van, a cabriolet is a convertible or drophead coupť and a faux cabriolet is a hard top coupť.
The term CV stands for cheval vapeur (literally 'horsepower') and is a fiscal rating applied to cars sold in France and should not be confused with bhp or brake horsepower.
I have used metric measurements in the main although where appropriate, for instance when quoting historic documents, other measurements and units have been used.

Spelling - British English spelling is used throughout except where quoting documents that originally used other variants of English. I have also used British automotive terms such as bonnet (hood), boot (trunk), bulkhead (firewall), driveshaft (half shaft or axle shaft), dynamo (generator), gearbox (transmission), monocoque (unibody), propshaft (drive shaft), petrol (gasoline), quarterlight (vent window), rev counter (tachometer), scuttle (cowl), silencer (muffler), top gear (high gear), tyre (tire), windscreen (windshield) and wing (fender).

There is also quite a bit of French, Dutch, German and Spanish...
LeCitroMarchť Buy and Sell CitroŽn Vehicles, Parts, Books, Memorabilia
Why advertise your CitroŽn on 10 different sites when there's one CitroŽn-only site.
This is the idea behind the French-sounding but multi-lingual LeCitroMarchť. The site went live in September 2015 in Dutch and has now expanded to include English.  French and German will follow shortly so advertisers from many countries can easily insert their CitroŽn ads. By offering a worldwide, multi lingual advertising platform to CitroŽn enthusiasts it will be easier to sell your car, car-parts, literature or miniatures EU or world wide. It's also possible to insert a wanted ad if you're looking for a specific item. Advertising on LeCitroMarche is currently free.  All you have to do is register once, confirm the link in your mailbox and off you go.
You can add up to 5 pictures.
CitroŽnŽt on Facebook CitroŽn UK on Facebook CitroŽn UK on Twitter CitroŽnActive channel on YouTube CitroŽn Heritage order form (pdf) for factory information about your car


The DS brand was created by PSA Peugeot CitroŽn on 1st June 2014.
Prior to this, the name DS had been used for a range of cars sold as CitroŽns.
The question facing this site and many others, as well as CitroŽn clubs and magazines is whether coverage should include the DS cars now that DS is a marque in its own right.

CitroŽn Publications - free workshop manuals, service manuals, parts catalogues, etc.

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CitroŽn - a brief history The company was founded in 1919 by Andrť CitroŽn and the first cars went on sale that year.
He employed mass production techniques for the first time in the European automotive industry and was also the first to set up a service agent network.
If early models were not particularly unusual in terms of technology and styling, all this would change with the release in 1934 of the Traction Avant which set the pattern, some 50 years ahead of its time, for the modern motor car. No chassis, front wheel drive, aerodynamic coachwork, excellent handling and roadholding, attention paid to safety, etc.
Unfortunately, Andrť CitroŽn died shortly after this car was launched and shortly after he had lost control of his company to tyre makers Michelin.
Prior to the birth of the Traction, CitroŽn had mastered the art of publicity with advertising campaigns the like of which had never been seen before - the Eiffel Tower illuminated with his name and the company logo, trans-continental journeys, the setting of endurance records, etc.
CitroŽn is renowned for its use of advanced technology - high pressure hydraulics - first shown to an astonished world in the mid 1950s - with the fitting of self-levelling suspension which offers absolutely unrivalled ride comfort and for the first reliable application of front wheel drive in the mid 1930s. The hydropneumatic system is still in use on the current C5 and C6 because over 50 years on, nothing can touch it.
The launch in 1949 of the 2CV confounded the critics - here was a car which was so different from its contemporaries that it was doomed to fail. Slow and ugly, it was the antithesis of the post war offerings of other manufacturers - and yet it was to have a production run that spanned five decades and generated enthusiasm bordering on the fanatical.
The single most important event in automotive history (after the invention of the wheel and had it been thought necessary and possible to reinvent that, then that too would have been part of the design) occurred in 1955 - the DS19.
In the 1960s, the company acquired automotive pioneers Panhard et Levassor and in 1968 acquired Italian manufacturer Maserati.
CitroŽn was acquired by Peugeot in the mid 1970s and under their control, much of what set CitroŽn apart from other motor manufacturers was discarded. However, in the run up to its 90th birthday in 2009 the company seemed to have rediscovered itself and modern products are more innovative than they have been of late.
The marque has an incredible worldwide following with hundreds of clubs. Every four years the International CitroŽn Car Clubs Rally (ICCCR) meeting is attended by thousands of visitors (and their cars) from all over the world.

On 17th February 2014, the Peugeot family voted for an agreement with Chinese auto manufacturer Dongfeng and has thus reduced its stake to 14% and thereby has lost control of the PSA Peugeot CitroŽn Group.
The French State has also bought into the Group and has also acquired a 14% stake in the firm.
The board of Directors voted in favour of a memorandum of agreement with Donfgeng on the terms of a capital increase for PSA Peugeot CitroŽn.
By injecting 800 million euros each, the French State and Dongfeng increase the PSA Group's capital to EUR 3 billion and become equal shareholders with the Peugeot family.
The participation of the Peugeot family drops from 25% to 14%. - exactly the same share as Dongfeng and the French State.
As a result, the Peugeot family, is no longer the majority shareholder of the group.
The Protocol Agreement will be finalised on 26th March 2014.


2017 Opel/Vauxhall joins PSA Group

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CitroŽn DS stories in Asia/Histoires de CitroŽn DS en Asia

And you thought you knew everything about the DS? In this book Pierre Jammes tells us the unheard and fascinating stories of the mythical CitroŽn DS in Asia. He has scooped archives, searched through secret collections and most importantly, he has let their owners do the talking. Although many books have already been published about the CitroŽn DS in several languages, none has ever been written on this particular topic. That makes this book a must for every CitroŽn enthusiast.

Author Pierre Jammes is a Frenchman based in Asia, where he drives a CitroŽn DS. As a hobby, he has gathered together a unique collection of material about the DS in Asia over the last ten years. Olivier de Serres, a prominent CitroŽn DS specialist and author, wrote the foreword of this book. The book is bilingual: the text is in English and French.

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Kleintjes in crisistijd cover

Kleintjes in crisistijd

Small Cars during a period of crisis - the story of the LN, LNA, Visa, Axel and Oltcit - by Thijs van der Zanden


CitroŽn GS & GSA Topklasse in het middensegment

The definitive book about the GS and GSA by Marc StabŤl and Citrovisie


BX Voici la Nouvelle CitroŽn

BX Voici la Nouvelle CitroŽn

Another excellent book from Thijs van der Zanden and Citrovisie about the car that changed CitroŽn's fortunes and introduced high pressure hydraulics to a much wider clientele.



A Workshop Guide
Buying – restoring – Servicing – Understanding the CitroŽn DS

This Workshop Guide is not intended as a replacement for the Factory Manual. It’s more a companion volume; an aid to the hands-on owner when repairing, understanding or restoring a DS. The book comprises 250 pages with hundreds of workshop photographs and clear line drawings. The book will guide you through everything from removing and stripping the engine to bodywork restoration, as well as regular servicing & maintenance issues. Including hints and tips from someone who has "been there, done that". The book also includes chapters on understanding the hydraulic system, practical repair of the hydraulic system and a guide for newbies on buying a used DS


The Essential Guide to Driving in Europe


Worried about driving abroad? With this handy guide, you needn’t be!

  • All you need to know for a safe and enjoyable European trip
  • Helps you plan your trip and check information on the road
  • Reassurance for the first-timer … and the latest facts for regular travellers
  • General guidance on driving abroad, and country-specific information
  • Specific advice: driving in cities, towing, winter driving…
  • What to do in an emergency: breakdowns, accidents, car crime…
  • Comprehensive coverage:
  • specific information for 50 European countries
  • Speed limits, local rules, and motorway tolls in each country
  • Extensively illustrated with over 160 photos, plus road signs and port maps (UK & Continent)
  • Includes UK information for visitors from USA and Australia

This easy to use guide helps you to prepare for your European trip, and check the information you require on the road. With unrivalled coverage, it provides the key facts you need to drive in 50 countries across Europe - as well as general advice to help you deal with the unexpected, no matter where you are!


Les Filles de Forest

De in BelgiŽ geproduceerde tweecilinder CitroŽns Les CitroŽn bicylindres assemblťes en Belgique
(The Belgian-built two cylinder CitroŽns)

‘Les filles de Forest’ describes the production and evolution of the two-cylinder cars built at Forest, from the first 2CV A in 1952 to the latest Visa in 1980. Other models such as the Ami 6, the Dyane, the Mťhari and the LN are also covered in depth, along with the Radar and Lohr. There are full descriptions of body colours, fabrics, production figures and chassis numbers by type and by year. 

The book contains hundreds of images, many of which have never been previously published.



By Olivier de Serres

A simply gorgeous book of photos of the Traction


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3rd generation Berlingo
Berlingo 2018

2018 model C4 Cactus
New C4 Cactus

Practical Classics hydropneumatics photo shoot
Practical Classics hydropneumatics photo shoot

Dyane 50th anniversary meeting

New Forest meeting

C3 Aircross

CITROMobile 2017

C5 Aircross


Spacetourer 4X4 ň Concept

C-Aircross Concept

Where's the progress? 1971 GSX3 compared with 1991 ZX Reflex

C-Elysťe revised for 2016

CitroŽnŽt visits the Conservatoire

16th ICCCR


New C3 for 2016
C3 Mk IV

CitroŽn Advanced Comfort ģ Lab
CitroŽn Advanced Comfort ģ Lab

Joe Judt R.I.P.
Joe Judt obituary

CITROMobile 2016
CITROMobile 2016

Abandoned technologies

C4 Picasso & C4 Grand Picasso

Mercosur C3 Aircross for 2016
C3 Aircross Mk 2 for Mercosur

Donfeng C6

EMP2 Efficient Modular Platform 2

Citroen B18
Very rare picture of B18

C4 Cactus Rip-Curl

Conservatoire CitroŽn
Arthur & Jan Matthijs' visit to the Conservatoire CitroŽn

E-MEHARI styled by CourrŤges

Spacetourer HYPHEN