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Top 10: The Citroen Conservatoire

Last week, PSA had some good news for fans of its classic models when the company announced that it’s set to open a heritage centre that’ll focus on Citroen, Peugeot and DS. With so many fascinating cars in its past, it’s about time the company committed to showing them off much more openly.

It helps that all three brands already have fabulous stashes of classics, including Peugeot’s museum at Sochaux and Citroen’s collection just outside Paris. While Peugeot’s museum has been covered many times in recent years, Citroen’s has received very little coverage. With 400 cars in the collection it’s hard picking favourites, but having paid a visit recently, we’ll do just that here – although it would have been easier to have run to a top 50 instead...

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Karin concept

If you ever wondered what you get when you cross a car with a pyramid, the Karin concept is the answer. Created by Trevor Fiore for Citroen to display at the 1980 Paris Salon, the Karin was never meant to be a running prototype, but it would be interesting to see if something this shape could ever be usable. The driver sat in the middle, with a passenger on either side and slightly behind – head pressed against the sharply sloping side window. The car would feature a four-cylinder engine, hydropneumatic suspension and front-wheel drive.


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