The Veron brothers founded Norev Diecast just outside of Lyon, France in 1946. In the 75 years since, Norev has grown among the godfathers of the French diecast industry. hobbyDB is home to more than 3,700 Norev items, each one more valuable than the next in terms of money and sentimental worth. With that in […]
The Citroën 2CV is one of the most iconic French automobiles ever made, but it almost never came into existence. In 1934, the Citroën Company was bankrupt, and was taken over by the family-owned Michelin Company. At that time, France had a very significant rural population that could not yet afford cars. Citroën wanted to […]
Though looking to the untrained eye like so many other 30’s creations, the Citroën Traction Avant represented a new wave in mass-produced automobiles, a radical move for a then still-young manufacturer on the verge of bankruptcy. This seemingly humble car pioneered three features still in use today: four-wheel independent suspension, front-wheel drive and unibody construction. The […]
The Citroën DS19 was the successor of the Traction Avant and was first presented at the Paris Motor Show on October 5, 1955. During the first 15 minutes of the Motor Show, 743 orders for the futuristic new car were taken, and a total of 12,000 orders was reached at the end of that day. […]
Citroën unveiled the 2CV— The Deux Chevaux: signifying two nominal horsepower (initially it was only 12hp)—at the 1948 Paris Salon. The 2CV, conceived and designed by Citroën Vice-President Pierre Boulanger, quickly became a bestseller, achieving his aim of providing rural French people with a motorized alternative to the horse and cart the majority were still […]
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