Gal­lic trea­sures un­earthed at aban­doned garage

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Mal­colm Brewin writes to tell us of a find he made in a vil­lage in the Char­ente, south-west France, ‘The place would have been a busy vil­lage garage some years ago but is sadly now not in use. In fact, when I stopped, it was the French lunchtime lull, so there were no signs of life at all, but it’s clear th­ese cars haven’t been touched in some time. A lot of old cars re­main on the road here but the French MOT test equiv­a­lent, the Con­trôle Tech­nique, has just got tougher so things might start to change.’

Th­ese cars look a long way off a suc­cess­ful CT. The Citroën Trac­tion Avant in red primer is large – is it a 15/6? Else­where on site are two el­derly hulks, one a Simca Aronde and the other a Simca Vedette. The Vedette was a re-badged Ford with a Detroit-born £at­head V8 in­her­ited when Simca bought Ford of France in 1954. Also on the scene were a Citroën CX propped on breeze­blocks, sundry vans and an al­mos­tex­tinct Re­nault Colorale, the small yel­low truck in front of the the Trac­tion Avant.

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Trac­tion Avant sleeps nose-to-nose with Re­nault Colorale

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