Citroën C2 Cabriolet from 1923 with four cylinders, 856 cc, 5 HP, max. speed: 60 km/h

The Citroën Type C was a light car made by the French Citroën car company between 1922 and 1926 with almost 81,000 units being made. Known as Citroën 5HP or 5CV in France and 7.5HP in Britain, it was the second model of automobile designed and marketed by André Citroën, between 1922 and 1926. It followed the 10HP “Type A ” (1919), then 10HP “B2” (1921); they were the first European mass-produced cars.

In 1922–23, the “2-seater Torpedo” T2 and the “2-seater Cabriolet” TL were mounted on the short chassis (C2). In October 1923, these bodies, as well as the “Delivery Car” VL and the “3-seater Torpedo ” T3-1 will then be mounted on the long chassis (C3). In October 1924, the Torpedo T3-1 was replaced by the “3-seater Torpedo Cloverleaf” T3-2 with room for a single passenger in the rear.

The Citroën system of naming car types, chassis and bodywork was complex and confusing. The lack of historical documentation due to the total destruction of the archives during the war allowed errors and legends to develop and spread in the following decades. It is now accepted that only two types of cars: the “C” and “C “3 types on two chassis types: the “C.2” (short) and “C.3” (long) types were marketed… in spring 1922 and October 1923 respectively.

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