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1950 Hotchkiss 13CV

1950 Hotchkiss 13CV

1950 Hotchkiss 13CV custom bodied by Mignot & Billebault, from Boulogne, a suburb west of Paris.

Photos courtesy Thierry Dubois & Route Paris - Côte d'Azur


1951 Renault Colorales 1951 Renault Colorales

This wood body 1951 Renault Colorales is thought to be the only one in existence. The body is constructed with planks instead of plywood panels, a very unusual feature. It was restored in the nineties, but its current location and condition is open to speculation. Renault manufactured Colorales with steel bodies in wagon, panel and pickup styles.

Photos courtesy Aubéri Etienne, President of the Renault Colorale Club (France)
and Thierry Dubois & Route Paris - Côte d'Azur


Jian - a Citroen 2CV woodie

The Jian, another Citroën 2CV woodie, looks as if it could be the work of a bespoke English coachbuilder. By its appearance, it was built using on a 1948 to 1960 chassis. In the seventies, several Citroën models were built by Jian in Tehran, Iran but Citroën's joint partnership with a private Iranian concern was nationalized after the 1979 Islamic revolution. A similar woodie may have been built in Spain.

Information courtesy of Fer Cools; Photo courtesy CitCity


Citroën 2CV phantom woodie

Seen at the big Citroën 2CV 50th anniversary meet in 1998, this deux chevaux has been modified with a wood wagon body and new front end treatment.

Photo courtesy of Cats Citroën Net © Copyright Cats (France)


Citroen 2CV phantom woodie and trailer

Citroën 2CV phantom woodie and woodie trailer created by Steve Blair. Incredibly, this neat little combo was rebuilt for the 1999 Paris Air Show as the 'Spirit of Fontana', a pseudo-aerocar.

Courtesy CCA - Citroën Concours of America
 

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