French Classic Cars

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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»

French Collection: Citroen Project Assortment

There are certain parts of each state where anything is possible as it relates to the vehicles you can collect and the number of them you can store on your property without being hassled. The seller of this assortment… more»

55K Original Miles: 1979 Citroën CX Pallas

I have had a fascination with French cars lately, a condition I attribute to visiting the Tampa Bay Automobile Museum in Pinellas Park, Florida. They have a wonderful collection of antique automobiles with one of the best collections of… more»

Desirable 5-Speed: 1972 Citroen SM 2.7L

The Citroen SM is one of those vehicles that is tantalizing to enthusiasts for completely obvious reasons. Yes, its looks are off-putting to some, but overall, this car has all the ingredients that help to explain why good men… more»

73k Miles: 1973 Citroen SM

Citroen has put out many quirky-looking cars, which were often high performance and full of unique tech. This 1973 Citroen SM is a great example of that. It’s running and driving and appears to be in pretty good condition…. more»

Rare But Cheap: 1961 Peugeot 403 Wagon

In the United States, Peugeot has always made wagons part of its somewhat limited presence. Obviously, it’s really limited now given they don’t even sell cars here anymore, but when they did, models like the 505 Estate were among… more»

Rare Citroen DS21 Rescued From A California Junkyard

This project is unusual, both because of the rarely seen car—a 1970 Citroën DS21—and the way in which it was acquired. Could it be a 6,500-mile original? The car is listed here on Craigslist in St. Paul, Oregon, with… more»

French Choice: 1955 Renault 4CV & 1960 Renault Dauphine

After World War II, many European economies were in a sorry state. France was no exception, and the government considered various options to stimulate the economy. One of the most obvious choices was to get the population mobile and… more»

Rare Dangel 4×4: 1985 Peugeot 505 Break

There are a few updates from my personal garage that I need to share; among them, I am a newly minted owner of my first-ever French car, a 1988 Peugeot 505 Wagon that has been upgraded with a 3.0L… more»

Salvage Yard Find: 1956 Citroen Traction Avante

Just the other day, I added a post that focused on the 1935 Audi 225 Cabriolet, a notable car for combining front-wheel drive with a six-cylinder engine. The novelty of a front-wheel-drive layout wasn’t unique to the Audi, as… more»

French Carport Find: 1961 Peugeot 403

French auto manufacturer Peugeot has been in business for more than 200 years, but not in the USA for the last thirty. They sold cars in the States from 1958-90, but weak engines gave the brand a bad rap,… more»