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Dalat the Vietnamese Baby Brousse

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Citroën set up a subsidiary in Indochine française (French Indo China) in 1936. 
In 1970, the Société Automobile d'Extrême-Orient became the Société Industrielle et Commerciale «Citroën Xe Hoï Cong Ty» and specialised in the assembly of a version of the Baby Brousse called Dalat.
The Dalat was available in a number of different versions.
Production continued until the fall of Saigon in 1975.
In 1973 Citroën brought three Dalat bodies to France from Vietnam and analysed the design.
From these studies they designed a vehicle whose simple manufacture could be carried out without requiring heavy investments in pressing tools and used the Baby Brousse name originally used in Côte d'Ivoire for roofless vehicles and FAF for those with a roof. The Dalat predates the FAF.

ONE’S dream is to be able to undertake every activity he wishes particularly in his works, everywhere, everytime. This possibility is offered to you by LA DALAT, a vehicle produced by CITROEN in VIETNAM which is the most economical way of driving, for tasks as well as for tourism runs. This vehicle is very well-known and appreciated every-where for its mechanical qualities and its functional body, without excessive embellishments, easily reparable by everybody and oneself.
An imported wing is known to be payed nearly US$15.00 while a piece of imported sheet-iron destined to fabricate a local-made wing costs only US$1.00.
Road Holding, Safety, Suspension, Comfort, Practicability, Toughness, Easy Maintenance and Economy are 8 GOOD REASONS to choose the CITROEN-VIETNAM vehicles, LA DALAT.
LA DALAT T is the most advantageous investment for a professor, a doctor, an agriculture adviser, a rural health inspector, a commission agent, first aid teams and administrative services, religious and social organisms, etc...

AVOIR la liberté d’entreprise n’importe quel travail, n’importe où, n’importe quand, est le rêve de chacun et de chacune, et cela vous est offert par le véhicule LA DALT, le plus économiquement possible, grâce à ses qualités mécaniques mondialement connues et appréciées, et à sa carrosserie fonctionnelle, sans fioritures, aisément réparables par tous.
Sachez qu’une aile d’importation vaut 15 US$ environ et qu’une feuile de tôle importée pour faire une aile vaut que 1 US $.
Economique, sûre, pratique, confortable, robuste, facile à entretenir, tels sont les mots qui font la réputation des LA DALAT.
LA DALAT T est l’investissement le plus rentable pour le Professeur, le Docteur, le Conseiller agricole, le Conseiller en santé rurale, le Représantant, les Services de premier secours, les services administratifs, les services religieux et organismes sociaux etc…


3 CV - 4 temps - 2 cylindres - 602 cm3 - Refroidissement à air - Traction avant, 4 roues indépendantes avec interaction entre roues AV et AR, 4 amortisseurs hydrauliques, pneus 135 x 380X, freins hydrauliques sur les 4 roues, embrayage (option centrifuge) - 12 volts - alternateur - carter moteur 2,7L. - carter boîte de vitesses 1 L., vitesse 100 kms, consommation 6,5 L au 100 kms à une vitesse moyenne 80 kms/heure, 5 places ou 3 places et un grand plateau de chargement - charge totale 1.180 kilogs - poids à vides 730 kilogs (modèle confort)

Surface de chargement siège AR replié - 1 m2
Volume utile            “   “    “ - 900 dm3

D.T. 21.251 - 21.252

(pictures above and right courtesy of Pierre Jammes)

Above and below the headquarters of Xe Hoï Cong Ty

(picture above courtesy of Pierre Jammes)