A strip road is a dirt road with two narrow, parallel strips of asphalt, one for each wheel. Roads of this kind can be found in parts of southern Africa, particularly Zimbabwe. The limited road construction budgets of South African nations meant strip roads could be developed as an improvement over dirt trails without incurring the higher cost of building completely paved road surfaces. However, driving on them presents a few challenges:
Citroëns have proven to be popular on strip roads commencing with the Floating-power ride of the 1930s C4 and C6 models where the engine and chassis vibration was reduced by placing rubber mounts between them.
The introduction of robust torsion bar suspension on the Traction Avant in 1934 further popularized their presence on strip roads and of
From the late 1950s onwards, the ability to glide along undue surfaces in a Citroën DS with its hydropneumatic suspension afforded an uncanny mastery of strip roads. The DS, ID and subsequent hydropneumatic Citroën models were the preferred cars in such environments.
We would be amiss if we did not mention Peugeot for its soft suspension and Mercedes Benz. Both marques offered durability but they were hardly as sophisticated as hydropneumatic Citroëns, clearly giving them the edge in comfort and control.