Gallic treasures unearthed at abandoned garage
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