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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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2CV prototypes

Citroen built 250 2CV prototypes before the war, but when the Nazis occupied France all but two were destroyed. These two cars have been restored by Citroen but in 1994 came an astonishing discovery – three more prototypes had been discovered in a barn. Two of those cars are shown here, on display in the Conservatoire just as they were found more than 20 years ago. While the two cars are fundamentally the same, the one on the left has been fitted with a radiator while the other now features two headlamps instead of the more usual one.


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