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Citroën Type B2

The Citroën Type B2, manufactured between 1921 and 1926, was the second car from the European region to be manufactured using modern mass production technology. The car was manufactured exclusively at the Andre Citroën’s plant in Paris, France. The Citroën Type B2 came into production to offer a replacement to the Citroën Type, which was discontinued in June 1921. The Citroën Type B2 is among base cars that brought the company to the limelight and were competing with leading brands like Ford to claim a good position in the market. The consumption of the car as advertised was fixed at 8 litres for every 100 km.

History of the Citroën Type B2

Following a discontinuation of the production of Citroën Type A, the company designed the Citroën Type B2, which would offer a perfect match to replace the defunct Type A. The car was launched in 1921 and ran on a 1,452 cc 4-cylinder engine, which would produce a power output of 20 horsepower, running at 2100 rpm. Its top speed was fixed at 72km/h (45mph) and was driven by a three speed manual gearbox. Due to high fuel economy levels as advertised by the company, the Citroën Type B2 quickly gained ground and was among top selling brands in the era. This was motivating to the company and focus now shifted to offering something even better to further reinforce its position in the market. The Citroën Type B2 was manufactured at the Quai de Javel factory situated in Central Paris.

The company had a capacity of producing 200 cars per day by 1925 since the demand levels of the Citroën Type B2 had soared beyond their expectations. This was made possible after Andre Citroën studied the technology after visiting Dearborn, where he borrowed techniques from Henry Ford as used in the production of the Model T. The Citroën Type B2 10 horsepower version was paraded at the Paris Motor Show in 1924 and the model was only available in closed saloons and sedans, although the Torpedo open bodied version was manufactured later in 1925. As years progressed, most Citroën Type B2 came with full steel bodies as opposed to the earlier versions that were made with a mix of timber frames. The car gradually evolved into the Type B10, which was not much different since it borrowed most parts and technology from the Citroën Type B2. In October, 1926, Citroën introduced the B12, which would later replace both B10 and B2 by early 1927.

Citroën Type B2 - Half-track variants

The half-track variants of the Citroën Type B2 attracted media attention for crossing the Sahara Desert. These were the 1922 versions of the Citroën Type B2 at its introduction and only eight Citroën Type B2 half-tracks were produced in that year.