Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars

French Friday: Citroen GS Camargue

I am guessing that the Citroen GS doesn't need an introduction here - successor to the Ami, but unlike that one, it was equipped with the famous hydropneumatic suspension. I actually saw a GS driving around here lately - I couldn't even remember that last time I had seen one. And there weren't all that many in Australia to begin with.

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The Camargue was unveiled at the 1972 Geneva Motor Show. It was a Bertone design (by Marcello Gandini), and it may well been planned for production as a cheaper alternative to the SM - but due to Citroen's financial problems, that was not going to happen.

It was the first cooperation between Citroen and Bertone, which later lead to the design of the XM. You can see shades of the XM especially around the front lights - although that car was still 16 years away!

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The engine in the prototype was the standard air-cooled four cylinder unit, producing a measly 55hp. That would have been rather disappointing in a car as sporty looking as this one.

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Rolls Royce launched a Pininfarina designed model called the Camargue only a couple of years later - I guess someone forgot to trademark the name?

With a bit more oomph, it could have been a nice little 2+2 tourer. But it wasn't to be. The model is a 1/64 by Majorette. And have a look at the pics below - pure 1970s chique. It all looks a bit weird today, but I guess you had to be there.

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