Four Citroën models that, perhaps, you did not know

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That Citroën is not a conventional brand and that it is innovative is something that can be easily seen when looking at its past and present models, which break with the schemes, such as the iconic 2CV and Méhari or the C4 Cactus.

But what perhaps not everyone knows is that the brand's innovative philosophy goes beyond the automobile frontier. Citroën goes beyond the four wheels and its designs have left the roads to different terrains, such as the field or ... the sky.

Throughout the years, different Citroën models occupy some of the most prominent pages in the history of motorsport. But the routes of half the world have felt on their asphalt not only mythical car models. The fact is that, from the end of the 20s to the beginning of the 60s, Citroën manufactured coaches (buses or buses) and incorporated them into the more than 150 lines that the Citroën transport company had, created in 1931.

Perhaps the brand's most representative coach model is the Citroën U23 Coach. Built by Besset in 1947, based on a Citroën U23 truck, it was powered by the 11 HP Traction engine and had capacity for 20 seated people and another eight standing.

During the Second World War, Citroën also developed a 7hp four-wheel drive tractor, the Type J. Previously, the brand had already produced small agricultural tractors derived from the Type A, the first series-produced Citroën car.

A few years later, in 1965 Citroën's foray into highly competitive circuits was conceived. It was from the hand of Maurice Emile Prezous, an engineer who owns a dealership of the brand. Prezous decided to create his own racing car based on the cars he sold himself. Thus, the MEP X1 was born, a first version that evolved to the MEP X2, capable of reaching 190 km / h. It was in 1971 when the brand decided to take the step and work on the initial design giving birth to the Citroën MEP X27, which was based on the Citroën GS engine / gearbox assembly and which reached 200 km / h. 80 units of this model were manufactured, which could be seen on the circuits until 1975.

Although, without a doubt, the most daring design that best demonstrates Citroën's innovative capacity is the Citroën RE 210. This two-seater had the power, quality and comfort of other models. The great peculiarity that it treasured was that it was not a car but a helicopter! Instead of traveling the highways, he was flying through the skies, since his first flight in 1975. It is kept in perfect condition at the Conservatoire Citroën, in France.


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