1923 Citroën "5cv" Type C2 "Cul de Poule" Two-Passenger Tourer (C2)
Chassis no. 5130
856cc side-valve four-cylinder with updraft carburetor
Three-speed sliding-gear transmission
Solid axles and twin quarter-elliptic springs at the front and rear
Two-wheel mechanical drum brakes
-Icon of French motoring
-Desirable "Duck tail" tourer coachwork
-Rare in America
-Simple and fun to drive
The Type C2
A curious mixture of a romantic visionary and practical businessman, André Citroën knew a promising invention when he saw one. While traveling through Poland at the age of 22, he visited a foundry, where he noticed an unfamiliar type of gearwheel that used V-shaped teeth. He immediately recognized the potential of this design and bought the patent, setting up André Citroën & Cie in the rue Saint-Denis near the Gare du Nord to develop a way of manufacturing his new double-helical gears.
During WWI, Citroën held the rank of captain in the French Army and was charged with organizing the mass production of munitions. Seeking to speed up the manufacture of artillery shells, he built a new factory at the Quai de Javel on the left bank of the Seine, from which the first Citroën cars would emerge after the cessation of hostilities bearing their maker's distinctive double-chevron badge a reference to his helical gears.
Citroën's first truly outstanding design, the Type C was introduced in 1922. 'Motoring for the masses' French-style, the Type C2, also known as the 'Cul de Poule' or 'duck's tail' because of its pointed coachwork or 5CV after its tax rating, brought 'real' car ownership within reach of the Frenchman in the street. Powered by a four-cylinder, side-valve engine displacing 856cc, the '5CV' was more renowned for longevity than outright speed. One was driven all around Australia in 1925 and, given the model's success, the decision to discontinue it towards the end of the following year appears hard to justify.
The Motorcar Offered
Nicely restored a number of years ago, this super little 5CV Torpedo Tourer is finished in the correct yellow and trimmed in black leather interior with a good black canvas top. A nice tidy example with good bright work and a nice presentation typical of these charismatic little machines.