You might imagine that the forward-pointing chevron pattern symbolises Citroen's forward-looking, advanced approach to engineering.  But no.  Andre Citroen started in the motor trade by building gear wheels, and the twin chevrons are meant to represent gear teeth.   His first car, the Type A launched in 1919, had a side valve 1,327cc engine.  In 1922 came the Type B of 1,453cc.  The same year saw the first of the famous Citroen expeditions with the Citroen-Kgresse half-track across the Sahara. 
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1922 was also the year of the popular "Cloverleaf" Type C of 855cc.  This remarkable car was very popular, due to its low price and high reliability.  Between May 1922 and May 1926, 80,232 Cloverleaves were built, but Citroen's record during the vintage period was for the C4 with 134,000 cars built in a little more than four years.


Citroen introduced mass production on the American pattern into France.  With the B10 in 1925, he introduced France's first all-steel body.  The C-Series followed, of which the most interesting was the C6 six cylinder available in two versions (2,442cc and 2,650cc). 

In 1934, Citroen presented the revolutionary 7CV "Traction Avant", but its development costs bankrupted him, and the firm was taken over by Michelin.  


In 1955 Citroen presented the car of the new era, the immortal DS 19. The old "Traction" nevertheless remained in production until 1957.  A simpler version of the DS, the ID 19, was presented in 1956, and 1961 was the year of the Ami 6, a sort of "super 2 CV".  The DS 21 followed the DS 19 in 1967, and the year after the Dyane appeared, still with the air-cooled flat-twin.

In 1968 a strange vehicle left the works, the plastic-bodied Mahari, which ressembled a Jeep.  The most significant car of that year was the GS, with a flat-four engine, and 1969 saw the luxurious SM with the dohc Maserati V6 of 2675cc.  In 1975, the DS gave way to the CX 2000, later enlarged to 2200cc, 2400cc and 2500cc.

Having come under the control of Peugeot, Citroen presented the LN, a marriage of a Peugeot body with a Citroen engine.


Source: Wikipedia

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