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Citroën GS Special

October 5th, 2007 by Rolph · 1 Comment

And yet another flashback to my childhood, again by the manufacturers of Citroën: the Citroën GS. My neighbors had two of these advanced-for-its-era smooth ride GS’s. Funny how a car that you haven’t seen for quite a while can soo easily take you back to memories long forgotten… And surpising to realize that I seldom see a GS, especially considering that Citroën built almost 2 million of these. Oh well, that’s poor corrosion resistance for you.

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From Wikipedia:

The vehicle had a front-wheel drive layout and was powered by a flat-4 air-cooled engine. A series of small engines were available, displacing 1015, 1129, 1222 and 1299 cc. Power ranged from 55 hp (41 kW) to 65 hp (48 kW). mated to a four speed gearbox, were able to pull this car up to steady 94 mph (151 km/h) (1222 cc engine), due to the very aerodynamic body shape. The GS and GSA were always underpowered and needed full use of the free revving engines to maintain progress, except when cruising, in the tradition of the Citroen 2cv.

The four-wheel independent suspension featured a double wish-bone layout at the front and trailing arms at the rear. Both axles comprised rigid sub frames that gave the car unmatched road holding for the time, even on its narrow tires (Factory mounted Michelins XZX 145sr15).

Its central hydraulic system, powering the four disc brakes (inboard in front to help lower unsprung weight) and the advanced hydro-pneumatic self-levelling suspension, derived from the Citroën DS. It also has a feature that increased or decreased braking pressure in accordance with cargo load, without any noticeable difference in brake pedal response . This car had excellent stopping power without diving, even equal (or superior in some cases) to many of today’s larger production cars. The powered system was different from the typical assisted systems in that there was virtually no travel on the brake pedal even when braking hard. The hydraulic suspension allowed the car to be raised for rough terrain at low speeds (a feature taking account of the country lanes of its native France) and to full height for easy access to the partially enclosed rear wheels.

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1 response so far ↓

  • 1 jurr // Oct 12, 2007 at 17:02

    jakkes! bah! euuugh! kotskots

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