Remember the film Back to the Future? Of course you remember the classic DeLorean but did you know that another iconic car was also used? That car and many others are described in detail in a new book now reviewed by Marcel Haan at CarArtSpot.
In Back to the Future II the Citroën DS was used as a taxi in the future scenes. Ahead of its' time, the Citroën DS captured the futuristic elements the producers sought in a vehicle from years ahead. Even on today’s roads the Citroën DS looks as though it has come from another age. Citroën somehow manages to remain cutting-edge and unique while binding a group of true “Citrophilles” to the brand.
My uncle used to drive a light blue Citroën 2CV and, as a kid, I relished the moments I would watch the roof open and climb into the back with the rushing sounds of the car and the wind blowing through my hair. Great childhood memories.
Later on, at my first student job, my boss also loved everything about Citroën. His Traction Avant car was used for weddings until the day that one bride and groom had to walk the last mile to the church leaving the car stranded.
From my personal experience, I knew about Citroën’s most iconic vehicles, but I didn’t know much about the history of the brand.
Author Lance Cole provides an exceptional overview of the history of Citroën and a detailed listing of all models in Citroën: The Complete Story. Lance did a thorough job in collecting information from a variety of resources and the book serves as a great reference for anyone interested in the story of Citroën. Each car is described in detail and also placed in context with the position of Citroën in the automotive industry.
The philosophy of Citroën on car design and what Lance names “aero-auto-scientific thinking” resulted in unique car designs. For me, the book’s only shortcoming is that the majority of the used photo materials seem to come from amateurs which simply don’t do justice to these great designs.
Citroën - The Complete Story by Lance Cole is published by The Crowood Press and available here.