Black or black
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