Citroën Type B2
Replacing the Type A, the Citroën type B2 was presented in June 1921 before being marketed in September of the same year. If it takes many elements of the Type A, the Type B2 differs on many points.
In the first place, the engine sees its displacement increased to 1462 cm³ and its power reaches 20hp at 2100 rpm. Adopting a higher radiator, the hood line becomes more horizontal. The door sills also differ in their rounded shapes, whereas on the Type A they are straight.
Citroën is taking advantage of this new car to offer more bodywork. Thus, 30 different bodies will be proposed such as:
Torpedo 3, 4 places, sport 3 places or basket
Quickly, the Citroen B2 is recognized for its many qualities, mainly its comfort, its silence and its modern appearance which suddenly age the archaic two-cylinder Renault, the famous "Taxi de la Marne", and is very popular. Parisians.
Produced according to the principle dear to Citroën of Taylorism, the Citroën B2 range is also very accessible since it starts at 13,900 francs to reach more than 17,000 francs in its highest versions.
Production began in June 1921 at the Quais de Javel plant and the Citroën B2 quickly became a success for Citroën. In 1921, 1886 copies were sold (over a period of 3 months). From 1922, sales exceeded 15,000 copies to reach 18,300 sales in 1923 and 27,000 in 1924 before dropping to 24,000 sales in 1925, when production reached 200 copies per day. At these dates and with a single model, these sales figures are quite simply considerable
In addition, André Citroën strives to communicate in a surprising way to promote awareness of the brand and its cars. Thus, the B2 gave birth to the autochenille for the Sahara Crossing from Touggourt to Timbuktu in 1922 then the famous black cruise which still provides the public with proof of the reliability of the B2.
The success of the B2 brought competing manufacturers but it was without counting on the genius of André Citroën who was several steps ahead. The first of these blows will be the release of a derivative of the B2, the B10, with, for the first time in Europe, an all-steel body.
Weight: 850 kilos
4 cylinders in line
1452 cm °
20 to 22 hp
Gearbox: Mechanical with 3 unsynchronized gears
Power: 10 tax hp
Max speed: 72 km / h
Total production: 89,615 copies