Classic Car Catalogue

Citroën 1958

2 CV  
DS/ID 19  
2 CV Sahara - new model (prototype)

France


Paris Motor Show in October.
The double-engined 2CV Sahara was introduced in March. The second engine is located in the boot and runs rear wheels. This four wheel drive vehicle is intended for use in rough terrain and apparently can cope with up to 40% sandy inclines.
The fabulous ID is now available as an estate: 7-seater Break, 9-seater Familiale and utility Commerciale. It features a stronger body and brakes.
With the DS 19 Prestige, Citroën is targeting the top-end of the market.
In October 9, the quai de Javel was renamed by the Paris City Council and become the quai André Citroën.
Zaprezentowany w marcu 2 CV Sahara wyposażony jest w drugi silnik umieszczony z tyłu, napędzający tylne koła. Uzyskano w ten sposób napęd 4x4 umożliwiający poruszanie się w trudnym terenie. Samochód może pokonywać piaszczyste wzniesienia do 40%.
Nowa wersja kombi słynnego "deese" dostępna jest jako 7 miejscowy break, 9 miejscowy Familiale lub Commerciale. W stosunku do bazowego ID, kombi ma wzmocnione nadwozie, silniejsze hamulce przy tylnych kołach.
DS 19 Prestige adresowany jest do najbardziej wymagających klientów. Gustowne, szare wnętrze wykończone jest u Chaprona. Na życzenie można otrzymać radio-telefon.
Firma wyprodukowała 246.305 samochodów.
 

2 CV

wb: 240 cm B2 cyl.
375 cm³
9 ch
B2 cyl.
425 cm³
12 ch
B2 cyl.
425 cm³
12 ch
B2 cyl.
425 cm³
12 ch
berline
price in Oct.
A
389,400 F
AZ
420,400 F
AZL
441,400 F
AZLP
447,600 F
fourgonnette AU AZU AZUL  

New for 1958 is the optional, metal boot lid on the AZL model, introduced in September last year.
2CV AZU
2CV AZU
 

2 CV Sahara

  wb: 2x B2 cyl.
2x 425 cm³
24 ch
berline 240 cm 815,000 F

   

Since the discovery in the spring of 1956 of large oil fields in Hassi Messaoud, in Algeria, France has embarked on the adventure of oil exploration. Many builders in France are participating in this national effort. Berliet built "the largest truck in the world", a monstrous machine of 100 tons revealed at the October 1957 Motor Show. Citroën engineers, with their 'think-outside-the-box' approach, prepared a two-engine off-road version of the CV. The idea to transform the saloon 2 CV into a more economical and easier to maintain than the jeeps, 4x4 vehicle is a brainchild of Mr. Bonnafous and came to life towards the end of 1954.
First presented to the officials on June 28, 1955, the prototype was equipped with two 375 cm³. Javel's technical services came to examine the prototype in June 1957 and, from there, developed the study at the industrial level.
The official presentation took place in March 1958, on the Ermenonville sand dunes. With well-known qualities of the sedan 2 CV, the lightness, sobriety, robust mechanics, good handling, soft suspension, practical body, etc.), the 4 x 4 version adds amazing abilities of driving in sand, mud or snow. In the sand, with four people on board, the 2 CV Sahara can climb hills up to 45%. The second engine hides in the boot. The gear lever acts simultaneously on both gearboxes, but it is possible to put the rear box in neutral while maintaining the action on the front unit.
A new prototype with many modifications was shown at the Paris Motor Show in October. Kept away from the main display it was exhibited in the utility vehicles section. Comparing to the first car seen in May, it has a new bonnet housing a spare wheel, but without side vents. The rear wings has cuts, boot lid is extended down to the bumper and have a ventilation grille for the engine and a small slots are added on the rear quarter panels.

Still a prototype, Citroën 2 CV 4x4 at Paris Show in October.

The second engine in the boot of the Citroën 2 CV 4x4.
 

DS and ID 19

wb: 3125 mm 4 cyl.
1911 cm³
75 ch
4 cyl.
1911 cm³
63 ch
4 cyl.
1911 cm³
66 ch
 
DS 19 berline
price in Oct.
DS 19
1,709,700 F
- -  
DS 19 berline
price in Oct.
Prestige
1,388,700 F
- - - new model
ID 19 berline
price in Oct.
- Normale
894,700 F
Luxe
962,400 F
 
ID 19 berline
price in Oct.
- - Confort
1,006,700 F
 
ID 19 familiale
price in Oct.
- - Luxe
1,179,000 F
- new model
ID 19 break
price in Oct.
- - break
1,185,000 F
- new model
ID 19 commerciale
price in Oct.
- commerciale
1,198,000 F
- - new model

Citroën ID19 Saloon, a revolutionary front-wheel-drive model is produced in its native France from late in 1956 and then also in England from early in 1958. It features a highly advanced hydro-pneumatic suspension system which keep the car at the same height and on an even keel whatever the load, camber or road surface, powered front-wheel disc brakes, a 1.9-litre four-cylinder engine and ultra-streamlined bodywork. The ID19 is a less-expensive version of the luxurious DS19, which had been introduced in France at the end of 1956.
For 1958 the ID19 is still offered in three trims: the Normale painted only in black does not sell very well. Only three copies were sold in 1957 and 400 this year, mostly as a fleet cars. The Confort offers all the luxuries of the DS, with cushy seats, armrests and wide range of colours.
The distinctive, chrome, centre exhaust pipe on the DS was replaced with more conventional one in March.
In October the ID-19 range was enriched by a new estate offered in three variants: break, familiale and commerciale. They are 17 cm longer than the saloons, offering an exceptionally large interiors. The familiale has fixed rear seat and two additional folding seats in the boot. The break offers all folding seats forming a vast, 2.3 square meters loading area. The commerciale does not have the additional seat. All models are equipped with an American style roof racks and are much more luxurious than the competitors, offering touring in style. The rear gate opens in two, horizontally divided halves, with the top one hinged quite far forward, lifting very high with part of the roof.
The ID 19 saloons remain virtually unchanged for 1959; they are recognizable by a position light on the pillar between the doors, and small wheel covers fitted in series Luxe and Confort.
The DS 19 Prestige took a separate podium on Citroën stand at Paris Motor Show. Painted black with grey, thick carpeting and matching grey leather the car's interior is finished by Chapron. A radio-telephone is offered extra.
Cabriolet and coupé by Chapron.

Citroën DS 19

Citroën ID 19

Citroën DS 19

DS 19 Prestige

DS 19 Prestige with glass partition, leather covered rear console and optional intercom, radio and radio-telephone.

Citroën ID 19 familiale

Citroën ID 19 familiale at Paris Motor Show.

Citroën ID 19 familiale
In October and November Citroën had the honour of participating in the Milan Triennale, the most important contemporary art exhibition in the world. They were the only car manufacturer admitted, and presented painted black bodywork of the new DS-19, placed on a metal support, with the nose pointing upwards like a slender supersonic airplane taking off into the sky. In recognition for its exceptional, beautiful and functional form, Citroën was awarded the Diploma of Gran Premio.
 

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