Classic Car Catalogue

Citroën 1933

8 CV  
10 CV  
15 CV  


In March 1933, the Citroën company was in critical financial situation and the production rates of the Rosalie were insufficient to made the efforts profitable. Nevertheless André Citroën was confident in the future ... The Javel factory was entirely rebuilt and modernized. Demolition of the 30,000 m² of old workshops began on March 15, the actual construction started on April 21 and ended in August. The new buildings are four times larger than the old ones. In six months, 600 machine tools were moved into new buildings of 120,000 m², without the work interrupted for more than half day. To inaugurate these new facilities, André Citroën took advantage of the Paris Show to invite six thousand guests (dealers, agents and even sub-agents of the brand) who participated on October 8 in a spectacular banquet organized in the main hall of the new factory.
Reklama nowych Citroënów.
Fabryka przy Quai de Javel.
Citroën factory before and after being rebuilt.

8, 10 and 15 CV

1933 range, not complete   4 cyl. sv
1452 cm³
32 ch
4 cyl. sv
1767 cm³
36 ch
6 cyl. sv
2550 cm³
56 ch
4 cyl. sv
1767 cm³
36 ch
6 cyl. sv
2550 cm³
56 ch
    8 CV 10 CV 15 CV 10 Légère 15 Légère
berline wb: 270 cm 300 cm 315 cm 270 cm 291 cm
conduite intérieure 6 glaces wb: 270 cm 300 cm 315 cm 270 cm 291 cm
cabriolet wb: 270 cm 300 cm 315 cm 270 cm 291 cm
faux-cabriolet wb: 270 cm 300 cm 315 cm 270 cm 291 cm
faux-cabriolet avec malle wb: 270 cm 300 cm 315 cm 270 cm 291 cm
coach Sical wb: 270 cm 300 cm 315 cm 270 cm 291 cm
coach Sical decapotable wb: 270 cm 300 cm 315 cm 270 cm 291 cm
commerciale wb: 270 cm 300 ? - - -
limousine familiale wb: - 300 ? 315 cm    
landaulet taxi wb: - 300 ? -    
roadster wb: - 300 cm 315 cm    
roadster wb: - 300 cm 315 cm    
roadster wb: - 300 cm 315 cm    
coach wb: - 300 cm 315 cm    
coach decapotable wb: - 300 cm 315 cm    
coupé de ville wb: - - 315 cm    
coupé conduite intérieure wb: - - 315 cm    
List not complete.            
10 and 15 Légère were added after the Paris Show in October '32. At the same time chevrons on the grille appeared.
October: Among the factory models with 'one-piece' bodywork, there are two notable innovations: a 4-door torpédo (available in 8, 10 or 15) and a stripped down version of the 8 berline called Demi-Luxe. All models have the spare wheel on the rear.
The 8 CV is easily recognized because it is the only Citroën in the range that does not have a fuel filling neck in the rear left.
In addition to the removal of bumpers and external horns, the 8 CV Demi-Luxe can be recognized by its hood provided with multiple slots instead of the adjustable shutters of the other 1934 models.
For the 10 CV Manessius prepared five coaches for the Normal 10 CV series and three for the Grand Luxe series, while Million-Guiet have two “Toutalu” coaches in the Grand Luxe series. The factory took care of the other 1934 novelties: three torpédos (including a commercial) and two taxis.
10 Légère uses the bodywork of the 8 CV but it is distinguished by its filling of exterior fuel on the left wing.
Like the 8 and 10 CV, the 15 CV and 15 Légère practically did not change mechanically at the 1933 Paris Salon. Coachbuilders Manessius offers five bodies available on the 15 Légère and on the 15. Million-Guiet has two “Toutalu” coaches. The factory provides the three torpédos which come to enrich the catalogue of the 15 Légère and 15. The 15 CV Légère comprises of a small 8 CV hull associated with a 15 CV long bonnet.
The whole range consists of 68 models!
8 CV berline
8 CV in Germany
8 CV
10 CV
10 CV berline
10 CV Légère berline
Citroën 15 CV Légère berline
15 CV berline
Citroën 15 CV Légère
Citroën 15 CV Légère
Citroën 15 CV


wb: 2780 mm 4 cyl. sv
1767 cm³
32 ch
4 cyl.
1452 cm³
32 ch
utility C4 G MPF C 4-VIII MFP - discontinued




Ogromnym sukcesem propagandowym zakończyła się zorganizowana wspólnie z firmą olejową Yacco próba wytrzymałości 8 CV. W marcu, pod nadzorem komisarzy sportowych Automobilklubu Francji "La Petite Rosalie" wyruszyła w 300 tys. kilometrową podróż po torze Monthlery. Sześciu kierowców zmieniało się za kierownicą, zatrzymując się tylko dla uzupełnienia paliwa i zmiany oleju. Po czterech miesiącach samochód ustanowił 106 rekordów światowych i 191 międzynarodowych, przejeżdżając dystans ze średnią prędkością 93 km/h.
Motor Sport April 1933

AS announced in last month's MOTOR SPORT two long-distance record attempts have recently been started at Montlhery track.
The first car to start was the 10 h.p. model "la petite Rosalie." The weather was most inauspicious at the start of the 25,000 kilometre attempt, snow falling heavily. In spite of this an excellent speed was maintained, and at the end of 24 hours a distance of 2,433 kilometres had been covered, at an average speed of roughly 63 m.p.h. The next day, however, the attempt had to be abandoned, for a sharp frost set in, and converted the track into an ice-rink. After some valiant attempts to keep going, in which the drivers showed great skill in skid-correction, it was decided to postpone the run until finer weather returned.
A week passed, and the snow and ice all melted, so that once more the team assembled to get under weigh. The drivers were L. Marchand, C. Marchand, L. de Presalé, R. Fortin, and M. Combette. No sooner had the attempt started than rain began to fall, but the drivers managed to cope with this new obstruction quite successfully, so that at the end of 24 hours a distance of 2,413 kilometres had been covered, being a slight drop on the car's previous figures. The speed of "la petite Rosalie" was still high enough to break records, however, and the first to fall was the 4,000 kilometres, at 99.570 k.p.h., followed by the 48 hours at 99,305 k.p.h., the 3,000 miles at 99,331 k.p.h., and the 5,000 kilometres at 99,270 k.p.h., all in International Class F (under 1,500 c.c.).
By this time the weather had cleared up, and the drivers had a much easier task. The 4,000 miles fell at 99.361 k.p.h., and the 3 days' record at 99.477 k.p.h. It will be seen that the car was lapping at an extraordinarily consistent pace, there being practically no variation in its speed for the whole run so far. Nothing seemed likely to stop the car, and the following day the 5,000 miles record fell at 99.531 k.p.h. and the 4 days at 99.535 k.p.h. All these records had been held by Singer and Fiat. Two more records fell, the 10,000 kilometres at 99.572 k.p.h. and the 5 days at 99.593 k.p.h., when the little car, at 10.30 in the morning, failed to appear at the replenishment depot. The trouble was found to be a broken back axle, which by the rules governing record attempts, could not be changed. Nothing daunted, those in charge of the run decided to begin all over again, after the repair had been executed.
All this time another Citroen had been circling the track, starting on the 4th March. The same drivers as those piloting "la Petite Rosalie" were used, but in addition Edmond Bestaux and Alphonse Valiant were brought into action. This car, named "Agatha," was a 20 h.p. model, fitted with a two-seater racing body, and the idea was to attack long distance class, and probably world's records. At the end of the first 24 hours a distance of 3,011 kilometres had been covered at an average speed of roughly 78 m.p.h. Maintaining this speed with unfailing regularity "Agatha" kept going to such good purpose that the 5,000 miles record fell at a speed of 125 k.p.h. and the 3 days at 124 k.p.h. The next day it was found that the 10,000 kilometres and the 4 days records had been taken, all from the Hotchkiss which holds all the long-distance records in Class "C." The latest news is that the 15,000 kilometres and 5 days have fallen by the board, and that the car is still going as regularly as ever.
Motor SportMay 1933

(...) Other records now officially confirmed are two lots of Citroen figures as follows:
CLASS D. (UP TO 3,000 c.c.).
Citroen, 6 cyl., 2,722 c.c., driven by Boillot, Duray, Guyot, Haubourdin, Wagner and Bonnes, 3,000, 4,000, 5,000 and 10,000 miles, 4,000, 5,000 15,000 and 20,000 kilometres, 2 to 8 days, at speeds varying from 72.87 m.p.h., to 74.73 m.p.h.
Previous records held by Invicta and Citroen.
CLASS F. (1,500 c.c.). Citroen, 4 cyl., 1,454 c.c., driven by C. Marchand, L. Marchand, Fortin, Combettes, Presale and de Bodecot, 3,000, 4,000 and 5,000 miles, 4,000, 5,000 and 10,000 kilometres, 2 to 5 days, at speeds varying from 61.68 m.p.h. to 61.88 m.p.h. Previous records held by Singer and Fiat.
At the time of going to press the 10 h.p. Citroen, sponsored by the Yacco Co., is still circling the track, and has now taken 52 records to date, having been travelling for 33 days and some 50,000 miles. Plans are on foot to make an attempt on the Class D 24 hour record now held by Duff and Barnato on a Bentley at 95 m.p.h. The car to be used is a 20 h.p. Citroen Six, and will be driven by Marchand and Fortin. The attempt is being arranged by the Spidoline Co.
Motor Sport June 1933
The Marvellous Citroen.

The 10 h.p. Citroen "Petite Rosalie" has amazed the whole motoring world by its extraordinary long-distance records on Montlhery track. Sponsored by the Yacco Oil Company this standard 10 h.p. Citroen, fitted with a streamline body has, at the time of going to press, covered a distance of 93,750 miles in 66 days. The average speed for the whole distance works out at about 58 m.p.h., including all stops for replenishments.
When the car had covered a distance of 100,000 kilometres the car was stopped for a moment—it happened to be in dead of night—and the crew toasted its further success in champagne. The long run of the Citroen is something of a triumph for César Marchand, who is in charge of the whole record attempt, preparing the car and making all arrangements. He is backed up by the drivers Lucien Marchand (his brother), L. de Presalé, R. Fortin, Bodécot, Berteaux and Vaillant.
Another Citroen, a. 20 h.p. model this time, has also been circling Montlhery on a long distance record attempt. This car is also sponsored by the Yacco Oil concern, and is known as Rosalie V. At the time of writing this car has covered 43,750 miles in 24 days, and is still going strong.
Certainly no finer testimony of the wearing qualities of a standard production could be found, and the Citroen company has every reason to be proud of the wonderful performance of its cars.
Andre Citroën (z flagą) na mecie rekordowego biegu.
  Event: Entered: Raced: Finished: Best results:
21-25.01.1933  Rallye Monte Carlo 6   3 30 Battu   9th
  31.07.1933 Coupé des Alpes   1     H. Battu 2,650 cc 2000→3000 ?
  Event: Entered: Raced: Finished: Best results:
France 28.05.1933 Circuit of Orleans       26 Vollet Citroën   1100→2000 4th
          32 Van Damme   1100→2000 6th
          17 Rucheton   2000→ 6th