Left-hand drive 1937 Citroën Type 7 11B Van Registration no. 1162 CX Chassis no. 887360 Engine no. GT08393
Founded in 1919, Citroën introduced its first commercial vehicle at the end of 1921. This small truck used the Type A passenger car chassis and could carry a payload of up to 300kg. The following year two more light utility models were offered: the Boulangère and the Normande, both of which were based on the B2 production car chassis. This policy of producing car-chassied commercial vehicles continued throughout the 1920s and by the start of the Thirties decade Citroën had come to dominate the home market, selling some 40% of France's commercial vehicles. The firm's first purpose-built truck that was not based on an existing passenger car the Type 45 arrived in 1933, boasting a payload of 4.5 tons. By the time the Type 7 van offered here was made, André Citroën had died and the company he founded was owned by Michelin. Left-hand drive and powered by a 1,600cc engine, the vehicle was acquired by the History on Wheels Museum in the mid-1990s and for the most part was kept in storage, although it has appeared in the popular BBC television comedy series 'Allo, Allo', set in occupied France during WW2. '1162 CX' was acquired by the current vendor at Bonhams' Beaulieu Sale in September 2009 (Lot 469), since when the cylinder head has been removed, the valve seats re-cut and new valves and springs installed. Other items renewed include the distributor cap and the tyres/tubes. The vehicle is offered with sundry invoices, current road fund licence, MoT to July 2012 and Swansea V5C.