David Owen, in a 1975 article for Automobile Quarterly, Volume XIII Number 2, commented that, “If God had meant us to drive in identical tin boxes, he wouldn’t have created André Citroën.” Citroën was a fascinating man. He was brilliant, observant and inventive, which made him the perfect advocate for a car company that is best known for being different. He was a car designer who disliked driving on open roads, although the cars he produced certainly performed well on open roads. He was also, however, a gambler, a fault that eventually would take his company away from him and likely contribute to his death.
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