Citroën GS Camargue: The First Joint Creation of Bertone and Citroën

Citroën GS Camargue: The First Joint Creation of Bertone and Citroën

Aivaras Grigelevičius

We should thank the Bertone design studio for a variety of excellent cars that the company has created over a long history of its lifetime. If we chose the most beautiful and impressive car that Bertone has made, it would be tough. So, what is the story behind Citroën GS Camargue?

The first concept model presented in 1972 Geneva International Motorshow was made in an attempt to create a flagman model. Back then, most carmakers with such intentions would approach Bertone specialists.

Citroën GS Camargue
Citroën GS Camargue
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Citroën GS Camargue
Citroën GS Camargue
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When Bertone chiefs first heard about Citroën wanting to create an elegant, luxurious 2+2 type car, they had presented the project almost immediately. A project that the French could not say “no” to.

Avoiding the high cost of car creation and production, „Citroën asked the colleagues from Italy to take advantage of the GS model chassis and other components. The only area where Bertone specialists could improvise was the exterior design.

Citroën GS Camargue
Citroën GS Camargue
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Citroën GS Camargue
Citroën GS Camargue
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The elegant GS Camargue had a four-cylinder Boxer-type engine with air cooling that could reach 55 HP.

Because initially, GS Camargue had to be a French brand’s flagman, the elegant coupe was equipped with hydropneumatic suspension. It would ensure the highest level of comfort for those sitting inside.

Citroën GS Camargue
Citroën GS Camargue
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Citroën GS Camargue
Citroën GS Camargue
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Still, the futuristic GS Camargue exterior brought up the most discussions. Looking from the front, it reminded of a luxurious sedan, from a side - a hatchback, and from the back, the design made by Bertone engineers looked similar to the American Dodge Charger.

Citroën GS Camargue
Citroën GS Camargue
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Citroën GS Camargue
Citroën GS Camargue
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Courageous decisions by Bertone designers were welcomed with ovation and applause in Geneva Motor Show. However, Citroën executives saw the car from a different perspective. The first car of a joint venture went to Citroën museum, whereas Bertone went back to the drawing board. In 1982, they surprised the whole world with Citroën BX.

Citroën GS Camargue
Citroën GS Camargue
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Citroën GS Camargue
Citroën GS Camargue
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Citroën GS Camargue
Citroën GS Camargue
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Citroën GS Camargue
Citroën GS Camargue
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