Every French man bears some nostalgia for this small
and ugly car, which very often was his first automobile.
The program, drawn by Pierre Boulanger, was very simple
- four wheels under an umbrella. The first cars designed
with a 375-cc, eight-horsepower engine were sluggish.
For the sake of economy, the CV joints were omitted, causing a
deep jerking when turning the steering wheel.
was inexpensive, indestructible and easy to maintain.
Citroen cars benefitted from nimble handling and a fuel
economy of 50 miles per gallon! Several models succeeded
with improved power and the same traditional qualities
of simplicity, robustness and economy.
The Traction Avant, the 2 CV and the DS 19
(born in the mid-1950s)
were considered avant garde without any concession to
the conservative approach of the marketing
specialists of other companies.