Rust in Peace Les Francaises | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2010)

Rust in Peace | Les Françaises

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A field with fading beauties from various countries in southern France. So far, vehicles from Germany, Italy and the UK have been featured here on Drive-by Snapshots. But this little series of posts couldn’t be complete without the French, or could it? Non monsieur! Pas du tout!

OK then, we’ll start this post with the colors of the French flag: bleu, blanc et rouge. Fun fact: you can see the Italian colors in the background (with a little help from a gentle Brit).

Rust in Peace Les Francaises | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2010) Rust in Peace Les Francaises | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2010)

I especially liked this Citroën CX high-top conversion, reminding me of the ambulances I used to see as a kid while traveling through France with my parents.

Rust in Peace Les Francaises | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2010) Rust in Peace Les Francaises | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2010) Rust in Peace Les Francaises | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2010)

The Peugeot 205 pictured here has apparently been converted for stock-car duty, with a rear-mounted radiator.

Rust in Peace Les Francaises | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2010) Rust in Peace Les Francaises | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2010)

Quite a common sight on rural French roads: microcars. When spotting one of them on the Route Nationale as little kids, my sister and me used to call them “Huschtegutsele”, which (very  roughly) translates to cough bonbon or candy. Note how the wheels are similar in design to the Renault 30 Turbo alloys further down in this post.

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The Citroën Visa Mk1 pictured here still used the 2CV drivetrain. Fortunately it was later replaced by an inline four cylinder engine!

Rust in Peace Les Francaises | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2010)

Did you ever notice that the Mercedes-Benz W116 and the Peugeot 604 have a very similar windshield wiper setup?

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