Citroen in Mobil Economy run 1963
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    Hi all,

    Having a quick scan through the Museum Victoria website and found this contemporary photo of a Citroen in the 1963 Mobil Economy run (photo dated 10 October 1963 although also on the record as 1962). Note the Victorian number plate HTE 186.

    Negative - Citroen, Mobil Economy Run, 1963 - Museum Victoria

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    It is described as a DS, with the dark roof on a light (white?) car I'd think it is not an ID. Cannot really make out the hubcaps, not sure what else to look at from this angle to distinguish ID from DS in a black and white photo.

    Looks to me like the "mechanics" may be trying to drain the petrol tank to see what fuel is left? There is a spectator taking notes, one mechanic seems to have a hose in hand.

    Not sure if anyone has posted this before. Does anyone have any history with the car after this?

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    An ID of that time would have given better economy than a DS I would think. Looks like a large ID white steering wheel. I'm wondering what colour a DS steering wheel at that time would have been. "Lots of Action" Michael

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    Looks like an ID going by the dash, hubcaps and steering wheel. I can't seem to make out whether it's got the stainless or plastic indicator trumpets. The caption should read, "how not to jack up a D."

    Great find!
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    The 1963 Mobil Economy run was held on October 29 - November 1. Over a 1450 mile course, including 250 miles on dirt, from Ballarat to Toowoomba. Imported tyres were not allowed, precluding the use of Michelins. However the Citroen ID19 crewed by D Anderson and J Bryce won Class C (1501cc - 1950cc) with 41.61mpg, followed by a Peugeot 404 on 39.99mpg.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
    The 1963 Mobil Economy run was held on October 29 - November 1. Over a 1450 mile course, including 250 miles on dirt, from Ballarat to Toowoomba. Imported tyres were not allowed, precluding the use of Michelins. However the Citroen ID19 crewed by D Anderson and J Bryce won Class C (1501cc - 1950cc) with 41.61mpg, followed by a Peugeot 404 on 39.99mpg.
    Blimey Simon, good information! Do you have any further details?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Leconte View Post
    Do you have any further details?
    The info came from the January 1964 issue of Modern Motor, there was full coverage of the event, but little coverage of the Citroen or Peugeot apart from what was mentioned. No pics either, to get a pic you either had to have a bent car, with a wounded Wolseley and a vacuous looking VW 1500 shown, or you had to win the event. With Miss Toowoomba 1964 adding glamour to the overall winning Mini 850.
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