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1971 Citroen SM

Franco-Italian Wonders: Two Citroen SMs

My introduction to the Citroen SM was reading an Automobile Quarterly article on the SM in 1970. I thought it was a concept car, nothing that sleek could actually be a production car, right? Not only did Citroen produce them, but they filled the engine compartment with a Maserati engine—wow! If you have been similarly struck by the sight of one, you may be interested in this pair that are available here on craigslist in Daytona, Florida. Read more »

Renault GTAs

Two French Follies: Renault GTA’s

I have a typical American trait of rooting for the underdog. Naturally, I liked AMC products growing up, and even got in trouble in elementary school when I drew a poster of the new AMC cars for 1975 when asked to draw a “New Year’s” themed picture. As the Renault/AMC “merger” proceeded, I even tried to like the Alliance/Encore… but I couldn’t. They weren’t ‘sporty’. Then they brought out the GTA and I was in love… and then they were gone. Having driven one since then, I was pleased to find they were really pleasant drivers with a sporty feel. No, not VW GTI levels of performance, but nothing shabby either! And since their value plummeted like a rock immediately after introduction, they were affordable too. 28 years later, they are very affordable. Thanks goes to reader Rich G for finding the convertible for us, which is available here on craigslist in Columbus, Ohio for $550 and if you prefer the hardtop version, there’s one here on craigslist in Roseburg, Oregon for only $300! Read more »

1983 Renault Fuego Turbo

Cold As Ice: 1983 Renault Fuego Turbo

A few years ago, I stumbled across a very complete Renault Fuego Turbo in a long-forgotten salvage yard. It’s still there today, behind a 1980s Camry and alongside a fence that houses a dog run, complete with requisite junkyard dogs. When I first saw it, I knew I had found something rare; I’d later find out it was for all the wrong reasons. The seller of this 1983 Fuego Turbo seems to have his sights set on bigger projects, but I think he may be want to educate himself on why these Franco-American hybrids are considered a “lost car” by Hemmings. Find it here on Boston’s craigslist with an asking price of $1,600 OBO. Read more »

1961 Citroen ID-19

Fearless Frenchie: 1961 Citroën ID-19

The cars that tend to catch our eyes often fall into two categories: specimens that are destined for curator-like care to ensure their history is preserved, and long-forgotten projects that neither run nor drive and often have more than a few rodents living inside them. Rarely do we find cars that are undoubtedly projects yet still see use as a daily driver. Rarer still is when that car is one of the more stylish forms of French machinery ever to grace these shores. Thanks to Barn Finds reader chevy55 for spotting this ’61 Citroen ID-19 on California’s craigslist for $3,500. Read more »

1955 Citroen 2CV

Blank Canvas: 1955 Citroen 2CV

The Citroen 2CV has long been a fascination of mine. Next door to my grandmother was a Lebanese family that owned a red one for many, many years. The car resided in the basement of the home in the winter, protecting its vintage body panels from the salt and road grime that plagued upstate New York in the winter. Then, like the arrival of the Easter Bunny, the car would return to its spot along the curb each spring, happily trucking about town. To say this 2CV for sale here on craigslist in California conjured up a few memories would be an understatement, and thanks to Barn Finds reader Paul G for sending it in. Read more »

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French Class: 1961 Peugeot 403

Fans of the TV show Columbo will recall this front end (although he drove a cabriolet version).  As an unabashed fan of the Peugeot 505 wagon I used to own, this solid looking Peugeot 403 caught my eye here on eBay today. The car is just down the road from me in Durham, North Carolina and bidding is under $600 with no reserve! Tempting… Read more »

1960 Panhard PL 17

French Oddity: 1960 Panhard PL 17

If you’re the type who is always on the hunt for oddball cars, boy do I have one for you! The French brand Panhard is likely best known for the odd looking, but advanced Dyna Z. If the Dyna just isn’t odd enough for your tastes, Panhard offered another car that was even more unusual. This 1960 Panhard PL-17 is without a doubt one of the oddest cars I have seen in a while and I absolutely love it! This one needs a complete restoration and could prove to be a difficult project, but if you’re up for the task you can find it here on eBay in McMinnville, Oregon. Special thanks goes to Jim S for the tip! Read more »

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1974 Citroen SM in Idaho

It may not look like much today, but this Citroen SM was once one of the grandest touring cars of them all. It combined the smooth riding suspension of Citroen’s famous DS with a Maserati V6. Sounds exotic, doesn’t it? Well, it was and unfortunately many found their way into their owner’s backyards because few mechanics were willing to work on them. Heck, the seller of this one is a mechanic and he would rather sell it as-is in lieu of getting it running again. Find it here on craigslist out of Post Falls, Idaho where the seller just dropped the price to $4,000. Thanks goes to Mark M for the tip! Read more »

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1969 Citroen DS for $2,900

I have secretly been lusting after a Citroen DS for a while now. Weird, I know, but there is just something about these quirky French cars that gets me going. Maybe it’s the adjustable hydro-pneumatic suspension? Or perhaps it’s the novel removable body panels? Whatever it is, I like ‘em and if this one wasn’t in Canada, I’d be hooking up the trailer right now. This one might even have the trick swiveling headlights! Find it here on eBay in Edmonton, Alberta for $2,900 or best offer. Read more »

1964 Facel Vega Facel III

Melting Pot of Style: 1964 Facel Vega Facel III

French cars just have a certain character and flare that not even Italian cars can claim to have. Of course they aren’t fast, loud, or high strung stallions like what comes out of Italy, but they are quirky and unique. Facel-Vega was one of the few French brands that aimed to build a French car that could rival the Italians on the style and class front, while still retaining its French character. This 1964 Facel III is highly original and was under the same ownership for over 40 years. It needs some work, but looks to be in solid shape. It is one of only a dozen or so in the States and is definitely worth taking a closer look at.  Be sure to check it out here on eBay. Read more »