Packed with American flair to Citroen’s designs of the 1960s and 70s, the book “Henry De Ségur Lauve — An American designer in Paris” is a particularly suitable read for North American Citroënistes.

One day in early 1960, the French consulate in Detroit organized a cocktail party. Because of his knowledge of the French language, designer Henry De Ségur Lauve was invited along as an interpreter.

Henry De Ségur Lauve

At the party, he met Pierre Bercot, general manager of Citroën. They got talking about Citroën design and Bercot invited De Ségur Lauve for a meeting in Paris. That conversation went positively and in May 1960 De Ségur Lauve signed a cooperation agreement with Citroën to produce design proposals that suited the taste of American consumers.

From then on, De Ségur Lauve came out with a fair number of sketches with a decidedly American influence for new models. The first designs are still sometimes reminiscent of facelifted DSs, but soon they look more like spacecraft than cars for everyday use. De Ségur Lauve had access to Citroën’s design studio and could see what the designers were working on, which allowed him to create ‘Americanised’ variants based on those models. Examples found in this book include proposals for the later Citroën CX and the interior of the Citroën SM.

Much of De Ségur Lauves spectacular designs ended up in the Citroën archives and were forgotten. After more than 50 years, this book showcases his work prominently for the first time. A unique piece of Citroën history!

The book is authored by noted Citroën historian Wouter Jansen and Thijs van der Zanden of Citrovisie. Text is in Dutch, French and English.

The preview sample at Citrovisie shows some great examples of how De Ségur Lauve interpreted American styling to iconic Citroen models;

You will definitely want to see more of its 264 pages!

The book is available from Citrovisie for $75.00 US (tax included) + shipping and you can order now, with shipping commencing early in December.
Size: 22 cm x 24 cm
Finish: Full color, hard cover
ISBN: 978-90-832960-T-4
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