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CitroŽn-Kegresse-Hinstin Autochenille

Left - Adolphe Kegresse at the wheel of one of the first half track prototypes, derived from the standard Type A and B2 passenger cars, these vehicles were fitted with CitroŽn-Kegresse-Hinstin caterpillar tracks and featured a 1 452cm3 engine developing 20 bhp @ 2 100 rpm, a 3-speed gearbox driving the twin rear caterpillar tracks.

Three models were available initially - and B2 Autochenilles were the first vehicles to cross the Sahara (1922 - 1923) and also took part in the 20 000 km long CroisiŤre Noire (1924 - 1925).

Subsequent Autochenilles were based on the then contemporary passenger cars - a 1933 Six is shown above right.

Above 1920 Type A P1 Neige

Above 1923 P2 ambulance

Above Military trials in 1923
Below P19 Hotchkiss

Above P15 Neige
Below P19 military ambulance

Above P19 destined for the Polish army
Below P104 armoured car

Above P28 armoured car
Below C6 neige ambulance

Above C6 P15 Neige

Above prototype agricultural tractor

The C4F and C6F Autochenilles participated in the CroisiŤre Jaune from April 1931 and February 1934 - two teams, one starting in Beirut and the other in Beijing covered a total of 12 115 km and crossed the Gobi desert as well as the Himalayas.

© 2006 Julian Marsh/CitroŽnŽt