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Virtual Citroen Origins Museum is Awash in French Car-Geek Gold

Unbelievable detail on the beautiful, weird, and wonderful

Unbelievable detail on the beautiful, weird, and wonderful

As much as we’d all like to have 50-odd Citroens rubbing elbows in a garage, that’s just not practical. Or sensible. Citroen is allaying those anxieties, however, with a new Citroen Origins virtual museum that details the evolution of some of France’s wackiest and most wonderful cars since 1919.

The site is unfortunately only in French, but that shouldn’t stop you from poking around for a bit (read: all week). On the main page is displayed the full span of cars from the 1919 Citroen 10-HP Type A, all the way to the modern-day C4 Cactus and beyond. Click on any car for a handy breakdown of the year and model, engine type, weight, production volume, and more.

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Push further by clicking on the red “Discover” box and treat yourself to the full virtual Citroen experience. Make sure your headphones are on to enjoy the period-correct music for each model, while you spin your favorite Citroen 360 degrees around. Play with the numbered buttons on the right side of the screen to listen to what the car sounds like doing certain things like beeping the horn or flipping a turn signal, or click the key to hear what it sounds like starting up. Switch from exterior to interior for the full experience of being inside your favorite model (which should obviously be the 1938 Traction 15 Six).

Scroll down for additional information, as well as gorgeous photography both present and past, historical publicity and advertisements, as well as contemporary brochures. There are also amazingly detailed genealogies of each model as it evolved through the years. The level of detail and work put into this project is frankly unbelievable, and it’s worth your time to play around for a while. It’s super fun.

If you don’t know French, there simply isn’t any better way to learn it, either. That way you can make your way over to Paris and chat up all of the locals in line for Nutella and banana crepes about the fascinating suspension technology and design on the 1988 Citroen Activa 1. You’ll be a local legend and nobody will sneer at you!

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Citroen Activa 1 Interior