The aptly named Citroën Conservatory has been around since 2001 in Aulnay-sous-Bois and the locale is a real treasure for the brand’s fans, with in excess of 700 models from across time.
The heritage collection has amassed a real treasure in its hangars, dating back as far as 1919, and the company with the double chevron logo is now considering parting ways with no less than 65 of them. It seems the reason for the mass sale is the inability to transport all of them in 2018 when the collection will be relocated – the rest of the cars will find a new home at L’Aventure Peugeot Citroën DS in Sochaux. All 65 cars will be going under the hammer via an online auction set to take place on December 10, with all money from the proceeds used to strengthen the collection.
It seems Citroen is going to buy new collectibles as it prepares for the 2019 moment when the brand will be featuring its centenary celebrations. The models up for grabs are actually examples that have doubles or triples, so the heritage isn’t actually affected by the decision to sell them out. Some of them are quite interesting – including the Tubik concept and a Traction Avant development vehicle, while others don’t even have a VIN. Citroen is also disposing of certain other miscellaneous items, including advertising posters, clothes, official photos, scale models, brochures, and even certain elements belonging to former race cars.