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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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Visa by Lotus

Marrying economy-focused family transport with a mid-engined supercar would appear to be an impossible task, but that’s exactly what Lotus did when it stuck a Visa bodyshell onto an Esprit chassis. It was done because in 1981 Citroen decided that it wanted to tackle the World Rally Championship, but after two prototypes had been built the project was canned. The Visa was rear-wheel drive and it was clear that four-wheel drive was needed if the car was to be competitive.


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