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French Friday: Citroen GS Camargue

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Yes, the Camargue has been shown here before, as a 1/64 Majorette model. Today we are going upscale with a 1/43 Norev model of the same car.

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The Camargue was a one-off concept car unveiled at the 1972 Geneva Motor Show by Bertone, who were hoping to do business with Citroen in the future.

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The design was by Mercello Gandini. Gandini was (in case you are not familiar with him) one of the most influential designers ever and he created such greats as the Lancia Stratos, and both the Lamborghini Miura and Countach, Enough said. And you can clearly see a lot of Stratos around the front of this car.

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Underneath the glamorous skin however, it was all strictly business as usual with the GS’ standard air-cooled 1-liter engine. And, unusually, he also left the car’s standard dashboard intact. Then again, there was nothing “standard” about a Citroen dashboard of that era!

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And while the car itself was not taken on for production, it did what is was supposed to do and led to Bertone doing work for Citroen on future cars. Especially the BX and XM models front ends show the influence of this concept.

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As already noted, the model is a 1/43 by Norev from the “jet-car” range. And it is one of their nicer offerings. While it isn’t in the correct color for the concept car, the metallic turquoise suits it well and shows off its lines.

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Heck, there’s even opening doors and a correct one-spoke steering wheel - not bad for a Norev of that period.

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I don’t know what it is about concept cars of the 1970s, but I don’t think there have been better before or since. A golden age of design, if you ask me.

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