The customer as a tester – Citroën pursued this strategy from 1969 onwards. Selected customers were able to purchase the Citroën M35 Coupé as a test vehicle. The original Plan 500 test car was not realized and so only 267 Citroën M35 left the factory between 1969 and 1971.
The M35 Coupé is based on the technology and bodywork of the Ami 8. However, only a few parts are compatible with the Ami 8. The doors of the M35 are much longer, resulting in shorter rear mudguards. Particularly striking is the altered front. The black radiator grille has a modified “Chevron” logo.
With the Citroën M35, the gap to the luxury class of Citroën should be closed. Therefore, the small car had also adapted a completely changed platform frame to the chassis so that the well-known hydropneumatic suspension of the DS models could be used. The hydropneumatic system automatically operates as a level control system and keeps the ground clearance constant at different loads. Rolls-Royce and Mercedes-Benz acquired a license for this Citroën patent. The hydropneumatics are activated during start-up and can be adjusted to different levels. Such a vehicle is unbeatable in winter and in the terrain.
The heart of the Citroën M35 is the single-rotor Wankel engine, which was developed in cooperation between Citroën and NSU and was developed by the subsidiary company Comotor. This engine has a power output of 45 hp and the ca. 815 kg heavy coupe to a top speed of approx. 145 km / h from 497.5 ccm.
The luxurious interior and the extremely smooth running engine made the Citroën M35 the potential link to the Citroën Sedans. Originally 500 prototypes were to be built, but the oil crisis stopped the production and concentrated on economical small cars.
The vehicle shown here is a prototype with the serial number 89, built after 1970. All models have a clearly recognizable logo on the right front fender, on which the serial number is also readable.
The number of remaining prototypes remains within reasonable limits. Engine and ignition problems accelerated the route of many Citroën M35 directional scrap yard. The original model, shown here, is a real rarity and will be shown at the International CfC Preservation Concours on 2. April in the course of the Warm Up 3 of the MOTORWORLD Munich.