Lot 306 - 1921 12883 Type A Saloon
|Odometer reading||3 miles|
|Estimate||£4,000 - £6,000|
|Result||Sold - £4,480|
The Citroën Type A was produced from June 1919 to December 1921
in Paris and was the first Citroën produced. During World War I,
André Citroën was producing munitions and as early as 1917, Citroën
investigated the development of a light car under the direction of
Jules Salomon. Under the designation 10HP Type A, the car had a
water-cooled 1327cc four-cylinder engine and an output of 18hp with
a maximum speed of 40 mph. The chassis had inverted quarter
elliptic springs at the front and double quarter elliptic at the
rear. Braking was on the rear wheels only controlled by a hand
lever with a foot pedal operated transmission brake. After a
slightly hesitant start in 1919, sales took off in 1920, during
which more than 20,000 cars emerged from the factory in a single
year. With a production rate of 100 vehicles a day, Citroën became
the first mass production manufacturer in Europe.
Owned by the current vendor for the last two years, this unusual and very early example of one of France's premier brands has been partially restored by the previous owner. This also included a nod to modern safety in the form of some additional lighting to the rear run by a separate 12 volt system. Both the exterior and interior have been restored recently although ideally would benefit from stripping back properly. The dash still sports the correct dials including a Jaeger revolution counter and tachometer. Included in the package is a reconditioned magneto and various other miscellaneous spares. A handsome package or a straight-forward running project, cycle car enthusiasts should consider this Type A carefully.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.