When the final list for the Car of the Century competition was announced in November 1999, only one company had three finalists: Automobiles Citroën. All three models—the Traction Avant, the 2CV and the DS 19—were developed during the era when the company was owned by the Société Michelin (Michelin Tire Company). All three were created by the engineer André Lefèbvre and the stylist Flaminio Bertoni. This industry recognition highlighted the unique Citroën-Michelin affiliation, demonstrating anew how this relationship made the automaker the benchmark for progressive design and creative engineering within both the international automotive community and the general motoring public.
This work provides the first in-depth examination of the Citroën-Michelin era, focusing on the interrelationship between these firms in the development of the revolutionary Michelin X radial tire and its impact on Citroën’s avant-garde automobiles. From its origins in 1919 under the watchful eye of André Citroën, a history of the automaker’s early years is provided. Next, the author takes a detailed look at the cars of the golden age of Citroën: the Traction Avant, the 2CV, the DS/ID, the Ami-6 and Ami-8, the GS/GSA, the CX, and the Citroën-Maserati SM. The innovations, the unique designs, and the new standards of technical excellence that these cars offered are all fully covered, heavily illustrated with rare photographs of the classic automobiles.
About the Author
Author and journalist John Reynolds is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers and the Society of Automotive Historians. He lives near Lutterworth, Leicestershire, England.
“No car fan will want to be without”—Midwest Book Review
“A must-have”—Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car
“Definitive...this is perhaps his finest work...well written and informative”—Citroen Quarterly USA
“no car fan will want to be without”—Midwest Book Review; “a must-have”—Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car; “definitive...this is perhaps his finest work...well written and informative”—Citroen Quarterly USA; “Reynolds’ writing remains a joy to read”—Citroenet.