With models like the 2CV, DS and SM, Citroën established itself as a home for quirky styling and out-of-the-box engineering, and in many minds the brand defines the look of the classic French car. In a recent video, XCar ventures inside Citroën's secret warehouse outside of Paris where the brand keeps many of its rarest and most significant cars.

The collection includes the oldest DS in the world, which was never put on sale, and four incredibly rare, pre-World War II 2CVs. According to Denis Huille of Citroën Heritage, about 60 percent of the cars are in drivable condition.

Citroën is now starting to go through a stylistic reawakening. Concepts like the DS 5LS R, Wild Rubis and Numero 9 show off a brand that has a definite idea of how a car wearing its badge should look. Scroll down to take a tour through the company's history.


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      matin G
      • 8 Months Ago
      I wish French cars were available in the USA
        Susan
        • 8 Months Ago
        @matin G
        I agree. But they tried in the 1960s and 1970s and just could not successfully crack the US market. They had terrible rust issues back then.
      snap_understeer_ftw
      • 8 Months Ago
      XCARfilms is getting so much better at such a quick pace. Their stuff is very well done and very interesting.
        Lachmund
        • 8 Months Ago
        @snap_understeer_ftw
        totally agree...the only thing missing alex is not a very experienced driver...he should really get some racing lessons. other than that it's very enjoyable.
      cadetgray
      • 8 Months Ago
      I've always enjoyed quirky cars (my first was an AMC Pacer that was followed by a VW Thing). Perhaps it is because my parents were driving a Renault Dauphine when I was born....LOL I did have an 87 Renault Alliance that though not the best example of how to make quality trim, that little car was brilliantly engineered with probably the best ride of any car its size, crazy mid 40's mpg, and an easy to shift manual transmission. In many ways that car was superior to many of the small cars being offered today. Pity governmental nannism prevents such a bare bones economical car from being sold today. I've always thought the Citroen products were some of the most interesting cars ever produced. I remember as a young kid the first time I saw a SM in person. When the driver exited the car and the hydropneumatic suspension settled...I was in love. To a kid that enjoyed Lost in Space, Star Trek, and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, the car made a big impression. Along with my VW Thing I can not imagine a more elemental car on the road than the 2CV.....make mine a two-tone gray Charleston model, please :-)
      Lachmund
      • 8 Months Ago
      XCar is really becoming one of my favorite shows on the Internet...This Alex is a really good presenter and I really like his humor. Why do british do this so much better than americans?!
      diffrunt
      • 8 Months Ago
      Wish I still had my SM , quirks & all.
      kajohns1964
      • 8 Months Ago
      The car in the pic looks like a dog with a hurt rear leg.