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Robert Emslie April 25, 2012 Redusernab Asks 178 Comments

Man, this Weird Week is going even better than I expected with yesterday you all pulling odd-bodkin Brits out of the woodwork like Arthur pulled Excalibur from the stone. It was pretty epic. I expect no less today as we delve into a nation whose automobiles – for the most part – define weird.

France is a nation that conjures up a multitude of mental images, from the world’s greatest food (but not wine, sorry Henri, but California’s got you beat), to Parisian night life, and San Tropez beaches, the country’ got it GOING ON! The thing of it is, while every French woman, almost without exception, is unbelievably beautiful, French men tend to be on the toadish side. Don’t believe me? Google Gerard Depardieu or Nicholas Sarkozy. Woof! Am I right girls?

And like that divergence between French women (ooh-la-la) and Gallic dudes (they call them frogs for a reason) there’s also a field of dreams between French cars such as the Delahaye, or the work of Fagoni et Falaschi, and the likes of the offerings for the common French man. And that’s what we’re interested in today, not the beauty queens, but the weirdos – the Notre Dame bell ringers to the Esmereldas. What do you think, which is the weirdest French car?

Image: [ via Flickr]

  • OA5599

    It makes a KV Mini look like a smart choice.

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    • JayP2112

      Both cars are at Lane Motor Museum…
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      Not weird, just terrific:
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      • You could pretty much just add any French car at the Lane Museum to this list.

    • Paul_y

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      I've seen it in person! As of last summer, it was on display at the Harrah's car museum, in Reno.

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    The Citroën ZX. It's weird for a French car to not be weird at all.

    • Liam

      Ever weirder, my sister has the exact same in metallic grey. So boring to look at but so damn f*ck good to drive

    • Devin

      I was going to make the same joke with the very normal Peugeot 309.

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      • mr. mzs zsm msz esq

        Are you sure about that? Check-out where the power windows switches are:

        • FuzzyPlushroom

          …Man, the console is one thing, but…

    • quattrovalvole

      The Xsara is also very normal for a French car.

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      • FuzzyPlushroom

        The Picasso always bothered me: snoozeworthy below the beltline, bizarre above it.

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        Not so normal, that.

    • I'm with you until we get to the c-pillar. From there back, weird.

  • Garland

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  • tonyola

    Citroen Ami 6. Just look at it.
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    • Irishzombieman

      Dang.

      /re-starts mental archive search

    • Feds_II

      And AWAAAAY we go!

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    • Dammit, you stole my answer. When I was a kid I had a British car book from the 1960s (called Cars Cars Cars) and it had a photo of one of these going around a corner with a ton of body roll. I left an impression on me.

      • tonyola

        Wow, I had the same book. My parents gave it to me as a gift.

        • I got mine from my grandparents. I'm pretty sure it's not the first time that book has been discussed here.

    • mr. mzs zsm msz esq

      <img src="; These reminded me of those. My parents had an opportunity to rent one in France once. I really wish they had, instead they kept the RHD Mercedes rented in England.

    • Vavon

      This car was designed by Flaminio Bertoni.
      He also designed the Traction Avant and the DS.
      It is rumoured that the Ami was his favourite design…
      Also this "hatchback-" version was a HUGE improvement!
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      • mr. mzs zsm msz esq

        Those are pants! No I don't mean that the car is ugly, like slang, the car is great. The dress, it's not, it's pants, cool!

  • Vespa!

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    As tonyola pointed out on Monday: "The Vespa, though a Piaggio design, was actually built in France."

    • tonyola

      But it's not French in spirit – it looks too normal. 🙂

  • RichardKopf

    Renault Vel Satis.
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  • tonyola

    Citroen SM. There has never been another car that looked like this. It's like the SM dropped in from a parallel Bizarro universe or something.
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    • Smells_Homeless

      I LOVE stuff from Bizarro Earth! There's a museum here of Amerind and Southwestern artifacts that is designed to look like a pueblo, complete with desert-native landscaping. In downtown Indianapolis. I've always thought it looked like aliens dropped it in place with a tractor beam without consulting the address.

  • The 1932 Helicron
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    • randomusername

      That takes pedestrian safety to a whole new level.

  • $kaycog

    The VELV, an electric concept from PSA Peugeot Citroen.

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  • I think at one point the French just hated pedestrians. The 1919 Leyat Helica
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  • mr. mzs zsm msz esq

    <img src="; Oh man this has been a great series! I can't wait to read today's, I expect some people to not list what I expect and utterly astound me! So as to not step on any toes, here's one that's only a tentative connection to France, but surprising, and an even more tentative connection to Sweden. It's not a Mercury, it was made in France, and it had a V8, in early post WWII France.

    • tonyola

      The French Ford Vedette was originally intended to be a small American Ford. Automakers expected austerity to return after World War II and Ford planned a smaller and cheaper car in that event. When the war ended, everyone was desperate to spend their savings on new cars and Ford didn't need the small car after all so it was shuttled over to France.
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      • mr. mzs zsm msz esq

        Do you know anything about the Swedish one? When I was a kid I read about these in a book. It stuck in my memory that either Ford or Simca was having trouble with the factory in France, like the workers were always striking and not doing good work or doing it slowly, that they started making them in Sweden. But I saw nothing about that just now in wikipedia. Did you know (ha, sorry, I'm sure you do) that Simca made them in Brazil and then later there was a really restyled version that looks nothing the Simca Vedette from France?

        • tonyola

          Never heard of the Swedish Fords, but they might have been assembled there from CKD kits. Simca took over Ford France in 1954 just after a completely restyled car was introduced. As you say, the Simca Vedettes remained in production in Brazil until the end of the 1960s. Here's the last generation.
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          • mr. mzs zsm msz esq

            Thanks, must have been a knock down kit then for Sweden.

  • tonyola

    1927 Claveau. Quick, step on it!
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  • Citroen GS Birotor.

    • Vavon

      I see your GS Birotor…
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      …and rase you a Citroën M35!
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  • Feds_II

    I very nearly posted this yesterday, as it is the vehicular embodiment of a pith helmet. However, furious googling told me it was French, thus I present on this Wagon Wednesday, the Matra Rancho:

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    • Irishzombieman

      "What is the offspring of a Landrover Discovery and a Mahindra pickup truck, Alex."

    • Liam

      My uncle had few of these. SUV of the 70's, way ahead of its time

    • quattrovalvole

      Correct me if I'm wrong, but it's front-drive right? It preceded the advent of crossovers by 15 year or so.

      • Slow_Joe_Crow

        You are right, this is basically a Simca 1100 Fourgonette with macho plastic cladding and nicer seats.

    • I had a Matchbox toy of one of these as a kid. I wasn't until I towed a LeMons Simca half way across the country did the Rancho's civilian roots become clear to me.

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      • OA5599

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        Jules: You know what they call a Quarter Pounder with cheese Plymouth Hemicuda in France?
        Brett: No.
        Jules: Tell 'em, Vincent.
        Vincent: A Royale with cheese Chrysler Hemicuda.
        Jules: A Royale with cheese Chrysler Hemicuda! You know why they call it that?
        Brett: Because of the metric system?
        Jules: Check out the big brain on Brett! You're a smart motherfucker. That's right. The metric system. What's in this?

  • Liam

    The latest French creation : Renault Twizy
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    It's electric, just launched last month, and already made 4000 of these. Not so sure how it copes but it's supposed to be super fun to drive, Go-kart type of drive (and ride)

    • Vavon

      I have actually driven one and I came out of it with a ridiculously large grin on my face!
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    • Number_Six

      You'd always be afraid your kid was going to drop his or her Junior Mints into those velocity stacks.

      • Feds_II

        Wow 8 cup holders for the rear passengers, and they couldn't be bothered to make ONE juice-box shaped. It's like no one on the design team has ever traveled with a child.

      • My kids' weakness is peanuts from the Texas Roadhouse. They load up their pockets like tiny chipmunks and then proceed to eat them on the way home by shredding the shell into tiny bits to get to the nut.

  • Number_Six

    Mr Emslie, you might have narrowed this down at least by decade. We're going to overheat the Internets doing this.

  • quattrovalvole

    Matra Bagheera was quite weird. Small sports car with 3 abreast seating.

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    • Number_Six

      It was just a ploy so Marketing could work in the word "breast". Those French men are scoundrels!

      • Vavon

        The French have never needed an excuse for that!
        I present you the Simca 1200 S…
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        • dukeisduke

          There's a car in that ad? I thought it had something to do with the John Wayne film, The Hellfighters.

          /the red jumpsuit

    • sunbeammadd

      The follow up Matra Murena had 3 seats too.

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  • Liam

    Oh and the super cheap Ferarri California-like roofed Wind
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    Or the Windscreen-free Spider
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  • Irishzombieman

    Seriously? No one's dropped a DS in yet?

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    Yo Hoons. I’ma let you finish but Citroen had one of the weirdest cars of all time. Of all time!

    .

    Actually, they probably had at least five of the top ten.

    • quattrovalvole

      I see you DS and raise you a… DS decapotable. It looks like a speedboat on wheels.

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      • Irishzombieman

        Call. I got a DS decapotable and Jane Birkin.

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        • Number_Six

          There goes my productivity. Okay, back to important thoughts about Jane Birkin…

        • quattrovalvole

          She has a nice bottom (the car, that is)…

    • Let's put the Citroen Karin on the list. I did had the oppertunety to see it in the "flesh", and yes it was strange from every angle you looked at it.

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      • Irishzombieman

        Whoa. That's hard to look at. Not because it's ugly, but it's like my left eye and right eye are seeing two different things and sending mixed signals to my brain.

      • Scandinavian Flick

        "yes it was strange from every angle you looked at it."

        All four of them?

      • PYRAMID POWER!
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  • RichardKopf

    Eagle Premier?

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  • RichardKopf

    And of course, my favorite, Citroën C6:
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    • quattrovalvole

      Convex rear window FTW!

    • Number_Six

      Not sure what's weird about the C6, other than its totally overpowering desirability.

  • RichardKopf

    And my last, the Renault Avantime. Part minivan, part coupe, all parts awesome.
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  • Oh, how I've waited for this day! The obvious answer is:

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    La Voiture Electronique Porquerolles, named after the Île de Porquerolles in the Mediterranean.

    It's a three-wheeler with independent electric motors driving each rear wheel. The front wheel is simply a passive caster, as all controls (acceleration, braking, and steering) are accomplished by the single joystick that operates each motor independently. Yes, even braking: It's all down to just the two motors.

    The weirdest part, however, is that although this thing would almost certainly never qualify as street-legal in any other jurisdiction (not even as an electric moped, as it has no real brakes), in France it is licenseable as an automobile and was even built with partial government sponsorship! It also achieved serial production, with something like 200-250 being manufactured, of which a handful remain in operable condition. Top speed is about 25 km/h.

    • It looks like fun, too:
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      • You can't fool me – that's a Dixon.

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        • Sigh. Dixon took a simple design and ruined it with feature bloat. An extra wheel! Three control sticks! A rotating blade! No wonder theirs is only a single-seater.

    • mr. mzs zsm msz esq

      Yes I am utterly astounded, though it's a shame about the front blinkers, thanks!

      • Those are the stock blinkers. If it helps make up for them, I'll point out that the seats are staggered.

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    • Yeah, but does the headlight swivel with the front wheel to illuminate the turn?

      • Sometimes, although that can be corrected by tightening its retaining nut.

    • Scandinavian Flick

      It's like a road-going electric pedal boat…

    • Vavon

      You really never cease to amaze me!

  • Number_Six

    My vote is going to the 1941 Peugeot VLV electric microcar. Of course I expect MDHarrell to weigh in with "that's a perfectly NORMAL French microcar, you should see the 1961 Converse Chuck Taylor I commute in!"

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    *edit: I should have refreshed one more time because that's pretty much what he's just done

    • …I just posted something that's more of a sandal.

      (And also fell prey to not refreshing before commenting, as I just missed your own edit.)

  • Not an obvious one but weird indeed, the Panhard PICHON-PARAT Coupé "Dolomites" (1954)
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  • C³-Cool Cadillac Cat

    The lead pic.

    Must be interesting doing an engine rebuild and getting a suspension part to connect the crankshaft to the piston…

  • Irishzombieman

    Citroen. We make vans. And sheds. At the same time.

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    As I've said before, the world would be so much more interesting if all engineers had to spend a year in France.

    • TurboBrick

      Once the engine conks out, just push it on a slab and remove the wheels. Voila!

  • Panhard sinthesyzes well the weirdoness of the French engineering, sometimes brilliant other times not that much.

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    Panhard-Levassor Coach Dynavia 1948

    • I will no longer credit BMW with the creation of the clownshoe.

  • P. Frere

    Renault did some particularly bizarre forward control experimental Dauphine-based van-looking things in the late '50's. But really, no Mathis 333 posted here? No Panhard Dynavia? No SOCEMA Gregoire? I'm disappointed.

  • Pretty much all of them.

    • Not at all! There's nothing weird about the, um….

      • My thought process exactly.

      • Vavon

        Citroën: LN / LNA, AX, ZX, Saxo, Xsara, Xantia, Evasion,
        Peugeot: 104, 304, 404, 604, 205, 305, 309, 405, 505, 605, 106, 306, 406, 806,
        Renault: 5, 9, 11, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 30, Clio, Mégane, Safrane,
        Simca-Tabot-Matra: 1000, 1100, 1307, Horizon, Solara, Samba, Tagora,

  • Irishzombieman

    Last one from me.

    And my third Citroen–the Traction Avant.

    I like it for the same reason I liked the Imp yesterday–small, weird but not bad proportions, feisty.

    And it looks great crossing deserts.

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    Available RV option.
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    Ages well. Seriously, it weirdly beautiful even when abandoned.
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    Speaking of Weird and French, where the hell’s Vavon?

    • Vavon

      So now I'm weird too huh???

      😉

      • Irishzombieman

        Isn't it required for French citizenship?

        /wink

        • Vavon

          [youtube 9V7zbWNznbs youtube]

  • TurboBrick

    Second-gen Simca Vedette. Tailfins! 2.4L flathead V8! Automatic transmission! When Deux Cheveax = normal, then this = weird.

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  • mallthus

    Well, I think the real question is what's the least weird French car.

    That out of the way, let the weirdness begin!

    2CV Sahara (because two engines!)
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    Bugatti Type 101 (because long ass side pipes)
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    Simca Fulgar (because flying atomic car)
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    Some weird French truck…
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    • I'll stick with properly grounded French atomic cars such as the Arbel Symetric:

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  • Devin

    The cars of Voisin were always kind of oddball. Here's a C27 from 1934.

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  • Bugatti Type 32 "Tank"

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    It looks like one of my old pinewood derby cars.

    • OA5599

      Everything old is new again.

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  • facelvega

    What, no Delahaye yet?

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    • facelvega

      an extra one:

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      • OA5599

        That one's American.

        • facelvega

          That's what I get for just google imaging "Delahaye" and taking the first couple of weird ones I happened across. Though if you're going to do an in-the-spirit-of replicar, you could do worse than the blastolene boys.

    • Not weird. Gorgeous.

      • Scandinavian Flick

        …but in a weird way. It's like art that I don't understand, but for some inexplicable reason, I love it.

    • Renzo

      …designed by R. Crumb

  • Devin

    The Citroen C3 Pluriel. A very clever solution to a problem that didn't exist in the first place.

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    • Scandinavian Flick

      Dammit! I had this open in another tab while I went through the other posts. …

      I mean… come on! It's called the Pussycar, it looks like a bio-dome, and it does wheelies! How can you get any weirder?

      • Although Jean Pierre Ponthieu's earlier, slightly more conventional efforts were indeed offered under the name Pussycar, it's not clear whether he affixed that name to the Automodule.

        • Scandinavian Flick

          Google Translate does a remarkably readable job on that site.

          Interesting stuff! It's good to have an expert on board 😉

          Translated quote: "In this world where everything is banal and ugly, you have to create beauty and the unusual"
          He definitely nailed the unusual part of that…

      • FuzzyPlushroom

        If a sphere is what you need, Pussycar/
        It'll suit you well indeed, Pussycar/
        Running costs won't make you bleed/
        Tiny engine's cheap to /
        In your giant poppy seed/
        Pussycar.

        [youtube QOsLdT4slsk youtube]

    • Vavon

      I have been looking for 2 days to find this ridiculous contraption…
      And I couldn't find it because I couldn't remember that silly name…

    • dukeisduke

      It should whinney, like a horse.

      Le Whinney?

  • tonyola

    2008 Citroen 2CV concept – influenced by a wine cask, apparently.
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    • Seems like several casks of wine were involved…

  • Nick B

    I'm gonna go with the Panhard in the title, as uninspired as that sounds. Just look at the wiper action!

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    • Irishzombieman

      Damn. I'd buy the car just because of those wipers.

    • mr. mzs zsm msz esq

      Wow… So why? Is it better in some way? Like does the water spray up and not hit the side windows or something? It's beautiful though.

  • Vavon

    The kind of weird looking Matra M530…
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    And if that wasn't weird enough for you…
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    Here's the racing prototype with 6 wheels…
    A tiny bit of info here:

  • Vavon

    The Citroën DS Michelin tyre testing car…
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    • dukeisduke

      Two small block Chevys, no waiting.

  • dukeisduke

    I thought this was low-hanging fruit:

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  • Vavon

    The 2 versions of the Renault 900 Protype…
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    • Irishzombieman

      HA HA HA! I was looking at it and thinking what a bitchin' little wagon design it was but why no headlights when I noticed the steering wheel and realized I was looking at it backwards. I love it!

      • Vavon

        At first I had added the text: "look closely at the headlights."
        Then I thought let's leave it away and let them discover it…
        It worked! Hahahaha!!!

        • Irishzombieman

          Nicely done. Best laugh I've had in a day or two.

      • JayP2112

        Was this an April Fool's prank???

      • FuzzyPlushroom

        It took me a few glances to see the, er, front door.

    • mr. mzs zsm msz esq

      It's like they looked at the Corvair said, "Watch Zees!" Drank some wine, and there was something peculiar about the mold on the cheese that day. But by gollie, they made a car that looked better backwards than the Americans, awesome! You as well have astounded me, thanks!

  • Slow_Joe_Crow

    The problem with picking the weirdest French car is that up until about 15 years ago they were all weird, and the hard part was finding anything normal. Since most of the obvious stuff like the Citroen SM, the Renault Avantime, and every postwar Panhard has been nominated, I'll put up the last of the truly weird Citroens, the XM, in Break form since it's Wednesday.
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    • Vavon

      Let's see about that, 15 years ago = 1997

      Normal French cars between 1970 and 1997:
      Citroën: LN / LNA, AX, ZX, Saxo, Xsara, Xantia?, Evasion,
      Peugeot: 104, 304, 404, 604, 205, 305, 309, 405, 505, 605, 106, 306, 406, 806,
      Renault: 5, 9, 11, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 30, Clio, Mégane, Safrane,
      Simca-Tabot-Matra: 1000, 1100, 1307, Horizon, Solara, Samba, Tagora,

      Weird French cars between 1970 and 1997:
      Citroën: 2CV, Dyane, Ami, DS, Méhari, SM, Visa, GS / GSA, BX, CX,
      Peugeot: 204?, 504?,
      Renault: 4, 6, 12, 16, 17, 25, Fuego, Twingo, Espace?,
      Simca-Talbot-Matra: M530, Bagheera, Djet, Murena, Rancho,

      It seems to be just an impression… it's actually the other way around.
      But one has to say that Renault and especially Citroën have had their fair share of weirdness!

      Renault actually made one of the non-weirdest cars ever in the 80s… The Renault 9!
      <img src=" 9 GTL.jpg">

      • Slow_Joe_Crow

        Yeah, I was thinking along the lines of the Renault Vel Satis being the last truly weird French car and grabbing a round number.

  • Vavon

    Peugeot 404 Diesel record car
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    • skitter

      You just stole a future mystery car submission.

      • Vavon

        And I can never guess them… Damn!

  • LostOnJalopnik

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    Does French-Canadian Count?
    What's funny about The ZENN (Zero Emission No Noise), in particular is although created and manufactured in Canada, it was not allowed for sale in its own Country!?! The people building them could not buy one, and that's quirky enough to classify as French if you ask me.

    • Devin

      I remember people trying to convince me it was the future.

      Also, it was had a French body, they imported it from Microcar and filled it with batteries. If they would have picked the Microcar Newstreet instead of the MC1 it might have had a chance.

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      • LostOnJalopnik

        I guess you could say they Sacre Bleu It!

  • Deartháir

    (but not wine, sorry Henri, but British Columbia's Okanagan region’s got you beat)

    FTFY.

    • Feds_II

      I suppose the Okanagan region is o.k., if you've never had Niagara wine.

      • Deartháir

        Or, more likely, if you have had Niagara wine!

        • Feds_II

          That's it. If we ever meet in real life, I'm not paying for your Timmies. Well, I'd pay for your Timmies, but I'd keep the change, instead of donating it to kids camps. Live with that on your head!

          • Deartháir

            You monster!

          • FuzzyPlushroom

            I'm sorry to have to correct you, but I believe you meant to begin your comment with 'I regret to inform you, Mitch…'.

  • Devin

    Citroen 2CV Sahara. The 2CV is strange, but a 2CV with 2 engines is stranger.

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    • HSA

      What weird is there in two motors if they both have a mechanical connection to the driving wheels? Even a Prius does that. Take the Citroën DS with a two-stroke V4 engine. Getting adequate power from a four-banger calls for a turbocharger, but a two-stroke turbo is not so good idea. So make it supercharged. As belt drive for the supercharger is so passé, so why not install another engine just to spin the blower!
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      • Devin

        Citroen seemed to regard throwing another motor in there as a solution to everything.

    • tonyola

      Notice that the fuel filler is in the passenger door. The door was sealed shut at the factory. That alone ups the weirdness factor a few notches.

      • Vavon

        What's it with Citroën and welding doors shut at the factory???
        When they needed a Visa commercial vehicle, that's exactly what they did, again!
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  • Van_Sarockin

    Even the French don't make 'em like they used to:

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    I hear it rides like a cart.

    • Vavon

      The Cugnot, the first automobile in the wuuuuuuuuurrrrrrrllllddd!
      And the first automobile accident in the wuuuuuuuuurrrrrrrllllddd!

    • Front wheel drive? Those French were visionaries.

    • Van_Sarockin

      What's weird about it, is that some lucky Pierre thought that you should replace perfectly horses and oxen with a steam engine mash tun hung all out front like a big old beer belly. Like that would ever be good enough to drag some cannon around!

  • facelvega

    Looking back now, it seems like the Italian cars are weird because they're willing to try anything in hopes it will make a cool car, while the British cars are weird always as a weird side effect of trying to be reasonable and serious about only one thing at at a time. The French, on the other hand, make weird cars because they have absolutely no idea how to make normal ones, and don't even really seem to be that aware of how deeply weird they are.

    Then again, we haven't done weirdest German car yet, the least weird of all car making countries. They have done some weird ones over the years, of course, but always as a result of single-minded mania and definitely not whimsy or open-mindedness. Maybe the French cars are only so weird because they try so hard not to be German.

    • Devin

      I wonder what the remaining countries for weird week are. Surely we can't skip Japan – I've already got one picked out! – and the US has had a number of weird moments. But only two days left!

      I also feel the need to note that this is a great theme and I love it lots.

  • Vavon

    The Citroën Visa… if you have to tell people the following: "This is a car" it must be very weird indeed!
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    • Devin

      You say that…

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      • Vavon

        The history of the car: a never ending story of déjà-vu!

    • HSA

      If it's French and looks like a car, the immediate assumption is that it cannot be a car. Hence the need of a statement.

    • BlackIce_GTS

      No wait, here's the other side:
      ;
      ;

      • Number_Six

        The ONLY thing my RX-8 lacks (other than torque) (or power) (or straight-line speed) is a rolodex on the steering column.

        • FuzzyPlushroom

          And a tow hitch.

          Well, Antti hasn't said it, so I will.

  • scroggzilla

    1100 cc's of racing fury…..the Peugeot powered CD SP66
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    • Preceeded by the Panhard LM64 equally weird, 2 cylinder power (70 cv)for LeMans.
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  • sunbeammadd

    In Australia we shoehorn Valiant straight sixes into our French cars. Our Chrysler Centuras were built from CKD Chrysler-Simca 180s.

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    • FuzzyPlushroom

      So a legendary Valiant engine in a car designed by… stereotypically less-than-valiant individuals.

      Got it.

  • Gotta be the Citroen Coccinelle, which was to have slotted between the 2CV and the DS in the lineup.

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    Even though it never reached mass production, it's still happy!

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  • Harry Bergeron

    How could you forget the 55-58 Avolette?
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    • FuzzyPlushroom

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      I'm eating Skittles right now. I believe that's relevant.

    • Vavon

      It's really nice!
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