1931 - CITROEN B2 CARROSSERIE MANESSIUS

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1931 - CITROEN B2 CARROSSERIE MANESSIUS

Probably the only B2 survivor bodyworked
by Manessius
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Normal registration!
French registration papers
Chassis No.: 111106

In the spring of 1919, Citroën issued the following press release: «Citroën launched the first mass production French car». The birth of the 10 Hp type
A is therefore announced and this, at a price unbeatable: 7500 Francs (a quarter of the price of a 1914 car). Production began with 30 cars, then the rate increased, so that 22700 cars were built until December 1920. The mass-produced vehicle is a 4-seater, 3-door torpedo, with a wheelbase of 2.83 m and a displacement of 1327 cm3 for 8 fiscal HP. From a technical point of view, two innovations should be noted: the electric starter, which now avoids the chore of cranking (especially for women) and electric lighting. It was not until June 1921 that Type A became first the 2B and then the B2. It is the latter name that commonly refers to it, but Citroën documents make a distinction. The evolution of the engine with these 1452 cm3 propels the type B to
75 km/h. On the other hand, the B2 offers three other main bodywork models: the three-seat torpedo, the three-seat interior driving, the famous doctor’s coupé, the four-seat, three-door interior driving. The 3-seater torpedo with the rear at the stern of the boat with two seating arrangements, either in cloverleaf or with a sliding rear seat and folding seat, both located to the right of the driver. In this last position there are two trunks: one in the back point, the other in the driver’s back. During the 1920s, the trend was towards large bodywork manufacturers, who, on request, dress their customers’ chassis according to their desires. Among them, Manessius settled in Levallois Perret, who will dress the most beautiful cars of his time. The car presented here is a B2 first put into service in November 1931, which seems to be late compared to it
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