Black or black

New Zealand Classic Car - - Readers’ Writes -

I have just caught up with your Jan­uary is­sue, and your ar­ti­cle on Russ Rim­ming­ton’s beau­ti­ful Citroën Light 15 brought back some fond mem­o­ries of our 1948 model that was in many ways very sim­i­lar.

But I must take is­sue with your as­ser­tion that all Light 15s im­ported into New Zealand were black. Our car was also first reg­is­tered in Taranaki, by a Ro­man Catholic priest, and when I did a bare metal re­paint, the orig­i­nal colour was me­tal­lic silver. The flake in the silver was quite large, al­most a metal flake fin­ish.

Ac­cord­ing to Pierre Du­mont’s book, Citroën had some quite sub­tle two-tone com­bi­na­tions on var­i­ous mod­els. A dark caramel over fawn was much more pleas­ing than it sounds, and a dark blue with black mud­guards was very hand­some. While An­dre Citroën was friendly with Henry Ford and used Amer­i­can tech­nol­ogy, the black-only approach was not one he adopted. Steve and Liz Ca­ble Two-tone com­bi­na­tions of the Citroën Light 15 were def­i­nitely avail­able in the UK and Europe, so it’s fea­si­ble that one or two could have ar­rived in New Zealand. Thanks for point­ing it out, Steve and Liz. AFW

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