PART 3 OF THE TAMPA BAY AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM
The Citroen 7CV was the first front- wheeled Citroen. It lacked power but was reliable and the handling was excellent. It is hard to tell from the pictures but it was black with midnight blue fenders. It was pretty spartan compared to others, but it was still a dashing car. I liked the turn signal light placed between the front and rear window.
A favorite of French gangsters for their getaway cars, it was also the car Charles de gaualle proffered after the war. It was designed in 1938 but only came into production in 1946 and was replaced in 1953. It was dubbed "Queen of the Road".
CGE GREGOIRE ELECTRIC
Gregoire had experimented with electric cars as early as 1942. In fact they had a car called the Tudor that could go 150 miles on a charge. It only got up to a speed of 27 so there was that, too. But during the war when gas was scarce, they made quite a few of the Tudors.
In 1970 gregoire got involved again with the financial backing of Fulman, a battery maker. This car was the result of that project. The body is fiberglass and the chassis is aluminum. 11 cars were made but it never went into production. Top speed was 50 but the "economy" speed was 30 and had a range of 80 miles. Batteries were placed in front and back to even out the weight.
This little car was designed in the 1960's for oil protecting in the Sahara desert. In order to zip around and ensure getting back to where you came from, it had 2 engines, one in front driving the front wheels and one in the rear driving the back wheels. You could drive it with just one engine or you could go with 4-wheel drive. Note the placement of the spare tire as well as the roll away roof.
CHENARD ET WALCKER
Believed to be the only remaining "Super Aigle", the Chenard T9T was a low production model made only for one year, 1933. No more than 50 were ever made. They were simply too expensive for the times. I'm kind of sorry now I didn't get more pictures of this beauty. I love the fire engine red and black trim. And look at that footlong hood ornament. I don't need any reason to return to the Museum, but this is on my list to examine further.
They made 50,000 of these babies between 1933 and 1939. It is a Cabriolet and was purchased by the family in pretty rough shape. With the help of the Adler Club which maintains original materials and part, it was brought back to excellent restored condition. As I was walking by I guessed it was a German car by the large wide Eagle placed on the grill. I mean, it just looked German, you know?
Thanks for joining me and more posts from the museum coming up in the next few weeks.