Tucked away in a top-secret location, next to the PSA factory in the Aulnay-sous-Bois region, is Citroen’s secret stash of heritage cars. Known as the Conservatoire, it comprises more than 700 vehicles in 6,500 square meters of temperature-controlled warehouse. It’s not open to the public, but it is awesome, so we once snuck in.
But, next year, Citroen is packing up its staggering, absolutely massive hall of immaculate cars and moving to L’Aventure Peugeot Citroen DS in Sochaux. Like all house moves, this provides a perfect opportunity for a clear out. And there’s quite a lot to clear out. Apart from the Conservatoire, there’s the ‘reserve’ collection, which is an overflow warehouse of even more old Citroens and wacky concepts. In an attempt to cure its compulsive hoarding illness, Citroen went all Kim and Aggie and sorted the wheat from the chaff and put 65 vehicles and 90 items of automobilia up for auction last weekend.
Every one of the 155 lots sold, raising more £681,000 to be used on facilities for the cars they’ve kept spick-and-span at their new home by the Swiss border. Scroll down for five of our favourites went under the hammer.