French Classic Cars

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French Wagon: 1968 Citroen Ami Break

Citroen vehicles have roots spanning back in France for more than 100 years, but founder Andre Citroen’s history goes back even farther than that, as prior to getting involved in the automotive business he was producing weapons during World… more»

Two For One Deal: 1972 Citroen SMs

Pop quiz: which country is a pair of semi-exotic vehicles with limited financial upside and somewhat complicated drivetrains most likely from originally? If you guessed France, you get the door prize. Now, I happen to love the Citroen SM… more»

Restomod Food Truck! 1974 Citroën HY Van

Have you ever heard of a Citroën HY, much less ever seen one? The Citroën HY Van (aka Type H or H-Type) was a light-duty panel van produced by the French automaker Citroën between 1947-81. Launched after World War… more»

Henney Kilowatt? 1959 Renault Dauphine

The Dauphine was a small, rear-engine economy car built by Renault. Between 1956 and 1967, the French company assembled more than two million copies, competing with the VW Beetle, Morris Minor, Fiat 600, and other European gas sippers. Because… more»

French Project Car: 1988 Citroen CX GTi Turbo

As someone who just exited French car ownership, I can say that I’m forever tarnished for finding these oddballs surprisingly cool. I sold my 1988 Peugeot 505 wagon not too long ago, and while it was the right time… more»

Poor Man’s Bugatti: 1929 Amilcar Type M3

UPDATE 4/8/2022 – When we last featured this sweet Amilcar M3, it was listed on craigslist with a $15k asking price. It’s resurfaced but is now listed here on eBay with an asking price of $18,000 and the option… more»

French Wagon: 1953 Peugeot 203

The 203 was Peugeot’s first new car introduced after World War II. It was a small family automobile that the French manufacturer built from 1948-60. Though not many were sold in the U.S., its styling would be reminiscent of… more»

Vantastic 1964 Citroen AK 400

The first time I saw one of these little Citroen “Tin Snails” (as they’re called in their native France) was in the movie “American Graffiti.” Richard Dreyfuss’s character, Curt Henderson, had a blue one parked at Mel’s Drive-in. I… more»

Rare 1972 Citroen DS Wagon Barn Find

When Citroen removed the covers from its DS model at the 1955 Paris Motor Show, the motoring press and buying public issued a collective gasp. The DS was unlike anything the automotive world had ever seen, with groundbreaking aerodynamics…. more»

Beach Season Ride: 1969 Citroen Mehari

Barn Finds reader Chuck F. must know me pretty well by this point, as he sent in a tip for this 1969 Citroen Mehari with my name specifically called out on it. Chuck, for that reason alone, I’m buying… more»

Slightly Modified 1979 Renault 12

I don’t know if clothing fashions differed significantly between France and the US in 1979, but automotive writers sure had different viewpoints about the Renault 12. French auto writers loved it and US writers, well, not so much. This… more»

1-Of-2: 1939 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet

Have you ever been in the middle of a restoration project and wondered how many other people are working on the same make and model vehicle, making the same progress, and buying the same aftermarket reproduction parts as you… more»

Farm Use Vehicle: 1970 Citroën 2CV

The Citroën 2CV is French-built, air-cooled front-engine, front-wheel-drive, small family car. Often referred to as an “umbrella on wheels” due to its interesting shape, it was produced from 1948-90. Due to their low engine displacement, the cars were never… more»

Same Family Since ’25: 1924 Hispano-Suiza H6B

There are barn finds and then there are rediscovered treasures of art and engineering– treasures like this 1924 Hispano-Suiza H6B. This interwar classic is listed here on Artcurial, lot 108 in an auction concluding on March 18. Although the… more»

1928 Bugatti 44 Faux Cabriolet par Labourdette Survivor

Sometimes the story of a certain car is even better than the car itself. In the case of this 1928 Bugatti 44 Faux Cabriolet, both the car and its discovery are equally fascinating. This Bugatti is a stunning original,… more»

Formula Racer With History: 1954 DB Monomill

Just a quick heads-up, the listing for this 1954 DB Monomill is in French but you should be able to invoke your browser translater unless, of course, you are fluent. The story of DB was short-lived but not without… more»