ACI Delegate for Chile, Patricio Cardemil, sent us these photos of their 14th National Meeting and 100th Anniversary of Citroën party held from Friday, December 6 until Sunday the 8th.
141 people in 65 Citroëns arrived at the meeting grounds, according to Patricio – a very good number considering the social situation in the country.
The most relevant moment was on Saturday night, before the party, with the presentation of a special video sent by Henri-Jacques Citroën, grandson of Henri Citroën.
In the photos below, you can see some models exclusive to South America; at least 2 Citroneta sedans and 1 pick-up – versions of the 2CV manufactured in Chile and Argentina.
The Citroneta used a type AZ chassis with 425 cc engine power developing 12 bhp. Though the chassis and engine were made in France, the bodywork (in both 2 and 4 door versions) was designed and produced in Chile. The last of the box trunk design Citronetas were built in 1973 but a 5-door hatchback continued to be built until 1979. The Citroneta was produced by the Citroën factory in Arica and apart from the chassis and engine/gearbox, used mainly locally made components.
The Chilean factory also built a version of the Baby Brousse (a sort of Méhari with a pressed steel body that required no welding) called the Yagán. 651 of them were built between 1972 and 1976.