• Year of manufacture 
    1971
  • Car type 
    Coupé
  • Condition 
    Restored
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other

Description

1971 Citroën M 35

CHASSIS 00EA 0438
Rare in this condition
Exhibited at Epoqu auto for the Citroen centenary
Full history known
2nd hand
To be registered as a collector's car

The Citroën M35 is a prototype developed by the French manufacturer in 1969, on an Ami 8 base by the coachbuilder Heuliez, with the two rear doors removed and equipped with an oleo-pneumatic suspension chassis and a bi-rotor engine. They were painted in a metallic grey colour with the words "Prototype Citroën M35" followed by their respective numbers on the front wings.
Less than 500 were made and fewer than forty are known to date.

At the end of the 1960s, Citroën, in search of innovations, became interested in the Wankel rotary engine. A collaboration began with NSU, whose first contract, known as the "Comoto" contract, allowed the use of Wankel engines. In 1969, NSU, which had gone bankrupt, was taken over by Volkswagen and the French manufacturer was therefore forced to continue the Wankel adventure alone.

The public relations director Jacques Wolgensinger had the idea of producing a small series of experimental vehicles and entrusting them to customers. The aim was to have a panel of people in regions with different climates and terrain. The consumers thus became official Citroën testers and were responsible for passing on their experiences to the Design Office in order to test and improve this technology. Sold for 14,120 francs, customers were given a two-year full engine warranty. The experiment was a failure and Citroën tried to buy back most of these cars once the experiment was over.

The car we are presenting today has a clear story. Dr Marion, a loyal customer of the Chevron brand, was selected to test the prototype. After more than 40,000 km, he approached his Citroën dealer because the engine was getting hot. Mr Blanc had two choices: he could call the parent company to transform the M35 into a Caesar or he could buy it and keep it to repair the engine. Fortunately, he chose the second option. But repairing a rotary engine is no easy task, and he gave up. It was not until many years later that his grandson undertook to restart the car (with the help of an NSU specialist), with success, to allow his grandfather to drive it a few times. The car still has its original registration. It is in exceptional condition and is ready for the road. Amongst other things, it has new stainless steel exhaust, new trochoidal stator, new segmentation, new water pump, new suspension spheres and new hydraulic pump.

This car is a marker of an era of prolific automotive technical innovation, during which a manufacturer entrusted its customers with prototypes, not sure if this is possible today!

A set of documentation will be supplied with the car, including a parts book.


Osenat
5 Rue Royale
none
77300Fontainebleau
France
Contact Person Kontaktperson
Title 
Mr
First name 
Loïc
Last name 
Maschi

Phone 
+33-180819010
Fax 
+33-670626418
Mobile phone 
+33-670626418