Citroën cruise in a 3CV for the 100th anniversary of crossing the Sahara

Citroën cruise in a 3CV for the 100th anniversary of crossing the Sahara


For the 100th anniversary of the Citroën Cruise in the Sahara, Argentine fans of the brand will embark on a similar journey to Algeria at the wheel of three 3CVs. They are supported by Citroën.

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José Izquierdo and Martin Franzosi prepare their Cruise in a Citroen 3CV in the Sahara.

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Citroën Cruises is 100 years old in 2022. The first cruise of its kind left Algeria on December 17, 1922, for a loop through the Sahara that lasted 89 days. The last Cruise took place in 1934. Citroën planned to organize the trip of the Sahara monument called Ë-Popée in 2022 and took the opportunity to highlight its progress in terms of electric vehicles, but this project announced at the beginning of 2020 was unsuccessful. . The pandemic and shortage of semiconductors is not related to this cancellation. Algeria’s 60th anniversary of independence may also have played a role, as the country was a French colony at the time of the Cruises. don’t worry, a small team of Argentinian Citroen enthusiasts is currently preparing its 100-year journey in the Sahara.

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It was in December 1922 that the first Citroën Cruise was launched.

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Citroen 3CV, “Deuche” for hard terrain

There are no half-tracks for this next Cruise, but three Citroen 3CVs. The 3CV was a variant of the 2CV, more powerful, with reinforced suspension and tailgate among other special features, produced and sold in Argentina in the 1960s and 1970s. Two “touring” and wagon versions are currently in production . Event. The expedition will be led by José Izquierdo and Martin Franzosi, two friends who have been regularly embarking on long journeys in 3CVs for fourteen years now. During their visit, they have crossed Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay at the wheel of their Citroëns. They see their project in Algeria as their biggest challenge so far.

More than an amateur project

Izquierdo and Franzosi are preparing a 5,600 km route from Algiers, then passing through Tamanrasset, Touggourt and Oran before returning to the capital. In addition to the support of Argentina’s cultural institutions, the expedition benefits from official support from Citroën. TotalEnergies will also be there, providing fuel and technical support for the crew. Preparation should be followed on a special Instagram page.

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Two standard 3CVs and a car will be imported.

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