One of the most controversial cars to ever come from Detroit, the Corvair still sparks conversations and perpetuates myths to this day. With a ten-year production run and 1.8 million produced, it was also a surprising success story, considering how different it was from everything else coming from America’s automotive manufacturers at the time.
The Farmobil was designed by German agricultural giant Fahr (now Deutz-Fahr) as a light roadgoing truck/tractor. It was to have a maximum weight of 1000kg, a 180cm wheelbase, 140cm track, manual transmission, a PTO (power take-off), and a top speed of at least 80kph.
The Citroën “Traction Avant” (means front drive) was introduced in 1934 as the 7A; the 15-Six model was introduced in 1938, and was a radically different concept from the cars Citroën had been producing.
This bare chassis gives an unrestricted view of the inner workings of the famous Citroën 2CV, or “Deux Chevaux”, including its longitudinal suspension, air-cooled 602cc engine, unusual shifter linkage, and the in-board front disc brakes.
Citroën wanted to create a four wheel drive car for use in Africa to take the rugged terrain encountered during oil and mineral exploration. Instead of going with a standard configuration, Citroën mounted one engine in the front and one engine in the rear to create four wheel drive.
The 2CV “Fourgonnette” (or Truckette) played as important a part of the 2CV story as the car. Ultimately, over a million examples were built, which accounted for nearly a third of the total 2CV production.