The Citroneta was a version of the 2CV manufactured in Chile and Argentina.
It used a type AZ chassis with 425 cm3 engine developing 12 bhp. Both
chassis and engine were made in France while the bodywork (in both 2
and 4 door versions) was designed and produced in Chile. the last
of the "boot design" cars was built in 1973 but a 5 door hatchback
continued to be built until 1979 when, in the face of increasing
competition from the Japanese and Korean manufacturers it was decided
to cease production.
Weight: 495 kg. Tyres: 135 x 400 Michelin X. The blue car on the left of the page is a 1957 model.
Citroneta was produced by the CitroŽn factory in Arica and apart from
the chassis and engine/transmission used mainly locally made components.
1953 was the year when the first 2CVs were built in Chile to create employment.
Initially, they caused lots of laughter due to their funny looks and
ridiculous power output in comparison with the North American V8s.
Afterwards, the Chilean designers created a body that would suit the
country's specific needs. The car should be useful for both city
dwellers and also for farmers who needed to carry fruit, vegetables,
hens or even pigs. Thus, an open boot would make everything easier. The
use of a "decapotable" roof was abandoned.
The sales success that this model enjoyed was so great that it can be
said that almost every Chilean has driven a Citroneta. All the streets
were filled with this "French Miracle" as they were affectionately
called. They also gave many Chileans their first chance to own a car,
since before the 2CV there wasn't any car available at such a low price.