Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars
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I know I've 'done' the goddess before on French Friday, but with my 'déménager' full at hand I was in need of a wagon. And Citroën was able to deliver. Deliver gracefully.

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And boy was/is it big... The steel roof standard accommodated a roof-rack. And it's length supported both a 3rd row of seats or, with a 60/40 split in the rear folding seat, could accommodate a stretcher, that's how lengthy it was. So lots of the Breaks were used as ambulances, even in Eastern Europe (Yugoslavia).

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But the 'civilian' versions were either 'Breaks' or 'Familiales': both had an extra addition of seating. 'Breaks' had two side-facing seats in the main load area at the back. The 'Familiale', unlike the later 'Familiales' from Peugeot, came with with 3 foldable seats in the middle and two seats further in the back. Like this:

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And still enough room to store goods behind that rear seat.

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The one displayed over here is an ID (cheaper sub-model in the DS line-up) 'Commercial' though. It came just with a normal couch which could be folded down to create a massive amount of space. And that just what this ORTF (French Broadcasting agency) needed to haul all their cameras, microphones and tapes.

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Le 'Break' even made it to the USA, marketed as the 'Citroën Wagon'. In the UK it was marketed as the 'Safari' and it was also produced in the UK, in Citroën's Slough factory. And, if you can use it as an ambulance, the British must have thought, you can also use it as a hearse so they came up with the 'Cortège'.

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This model is an Altaya, scale 1/43. Just that roofrack seems to be made of tubes which appear to be too thick, otherwise it's pretty neat. Same goes for the mirror actually, but that didn't prevent it to break down on me a while ago. Nothing that glue can't fix but looking at these pictures: I need to do this somewhat better/neater.

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I just can't get enough of those yellow lenses. And don't these wheels scream 'Citroën!' all over the place? It was quite hard to get it nice on my 'standard' 1/43 dioramas, that's how lengthy this one is.

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I'm quite sure this won't be the last DS on French Friday as there are so many awesome variations on this theme. Chapron, Reactor, Mille Pattes, etcetera. C'est ca for this week, enjoy your weekend!

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