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Citroen Cars: Light Fifteen

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October 1949.
October 1952.

Note: This is a sub-section of Citroen Cars


The Citroen Light Fifteen is a four-door saloon embodying some unusual features, in common with the larger Six Cylinder model, and is a French design produced in Britain with British labour and materials.

It is planned to carry five persons, but the absence of obstructing controls on the floor of the front compartment enables an occasional sixth passenger to be accommodated.

The Citroen Monoshell all-steel integral chassis and body, illustrated below, is claimed to be one of the lightest, safest and strongest forms of construction for this particular purpose.

The two models are supplied in a choice of four colours — mist green, regal red, metallic grey and black—finished in cellulose.

ENGINE. Type: 2-litre. Cylinders: 4. Bore X Stroke: 78 mm. X 100 mm. Compression ratio: 6.5 to 1. Maximum b.h.p.: 55.7 at 4,250 r.p.m. Rating: 15.08 h.p.

PERFORMANCE. Maximum speed: 75 m.p.h. Fuel consumption: 23 to 29 m.p.g.

DIMENSIONS. Length: 14 ft. 2 ins. Height: 5 ft. Width: 5 ft. 5.25 ins. Wheelbase: 9 ft. 6.5 ins. Track: 4 ft. 6 ins. (front) 4 ft. 5.25 ins. (rear). Weight (dry): 2,352 lbs. Fuel capacity: 10 gallons. Tyre size 165 X 400 (Michelin).

BRAKES. Lockheed Hydraulic.

PRICE. £595 plus £166.0.7 Purchase Tax. Total: £761.0.7.

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