French Model A: 1928 Citroen AC4

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This design was a big departure  from previous Citrones and was influenced by American cars. It has the general shape of many American cars from the 1920s with some unique French touches. It’s located in Princeville, IL and is listed here on craigslist with an asking price of $13,000. It appears complete, supposedly ran only a few years ago, and is said to be rust free.

It looks like it might not take much to get this going again if the engine isn’t stuck. Replacement parts will be challenege to find though. The flathead four 30HP engine is pretty typical of the times and should be reliable and easy to work on. The top appears to be in good shape. The question is, is there anyone else who thinks it would be cool to have a unique old ride like this? If this is as nice as it appears, the asking price does seem reasonable. Would you take it over a Model A though?

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Comments

  1. DREW V.

    Would love to have it, it looks like a solid car that has lots of potential and who else is going to have one like it at the local car show???

  2. Rob

    I once owned this early, one of the 1st issued ’28 Model A Fordors, selling it for $5000. a couple yrs back to a member of our Club, as even with a great ‘Club’ for searches, real early A parts are hard to find, even here in the States, so I can only imagine finding any missing parts for this ’28 Citroen 4-door would be a real bitch, pardon my French. As such, even given its originality, the restoration costs, imao, would be well over what its resale would ever be, tho I wish the Seller good luck.

  3. James

    David,

    Where did you find the model name “AC4”?

    Appears to be a 1928 B14G with the 1539cc 22hp engine and a top speed of 90kmh.

    The interior looks like it can refurbished with a little TLC, new correct (ie: expensive) Michelin tires can be purchsed, some mechanical bits are available from at least one supplier in France and the “or best offer” at the end of the advert has a nice ring.

    Oily Rag / Preservation Class potential obviously.

  4. Mark S Member

    It would have been nice to see some close ups of the undercarriage just to see how this old French car is layed out. If parts can be found then it would be nice to see this refurbished, and I agree how cool would this be on car night.

  5. Rex Kahrs Member

    Probably the most normal French car I’ve ever seen.

  6. JW454

    Am I correct in assuming the generator performs double duty as the drive for the water pump? If so, that’s reminiscent of the late GM cars where the generator and power steering pumps were combined. Nice car.

    • James

      Two stroke Saab 96s used a combination generator and water pump, but the Citroen B14 relies on a thermosyphon system – no water pump required.

      This Gargoyle trademarked Mobiloil 24 page lubrication manual approved by Citroen has multiple drawings that may answer some questions about the mechanics of the car (Google translate will not translate photographed pages):

      http://docauto.perso.sfr.fr/pdf_b14/graissage_rationnel_citroen_b14-mobiloil_br.pdf

  7. Francisco

    Ok. Now is some yahoo out there going to suggest to chop and rod this. I’m waiting.

  8. Jason Houston

    Hopefully not, but some yahoo at Citroen might cringe to discover Citroen, for once, didn’t build the ugliest car on the market.

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