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    Default Rotary Citroens...

    The bloke I crew for in his racing exploits in a Mercedes Benz 450SE told me the tale of 690 Rotary powered Citroens. It seems that they were single rotor engines in what I guess would be GS variants but got "bought" back by the new owners of the Double Chevron because they were prototypes and they didn't want the hassle of having to supply spare parts and warranty issues.
    Can anyone shed light on this as the 'web myth' is that they occasionally are found in sheds in France and seem to be highly sort after. Even for Citroen they are a special kind of weird/unique.
    Ladies and Gentlemen please advise! I, and I know doubt others, would be fascinated with all facts/lies/truth and innuendo.

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    That would be the GS Birotor. It is no myth, most were recalled by Citroen, but there are those that still do exist, not sure of the exact numbers though. There are 1 or 2 in Australia apparently.

    http://www.citroenet.org.uk/passenge.../birotor1.html

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    Thanks TroyO for the information. Will pass it on as my mate has a rotary obsession, as do I. The weirder the better so the collection would have numerous Mazda's, an NSU, the Suzuki and Van Veen road bikes plus the odd racer plus the Mercedes C-111 and now a Citroen Bi-rotor.
    Of course the stumbling block is money but at least I'm better informed!

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    The car he speaks of is the M35 (the birotor was a twin rotor). Citroen actually sold the GS birotor, but then tried to buy them all back so they wouldn't have to support them (well that's what I've heard.... I'm constantly wrong though

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    There is also one 12A conversion of a standard GS around in ACT which I once owned. I wonder if it's still around?
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    The Australian GS/A Register that I'm rebuilding presently has 2 Bi-rotors listed for Australia. If anyone has the present status of the 12A that Donat owned I'd appreciate the info for the Register. Donat, would you have a front 3/4 pic of the 12A that you could email to me?
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    Default Somtimes a 'failure' brings a new beginning...

    GoDaddy may have renewed interest by a divine means about the Birotor. Seems one lurks in Tasmania and has ignition problems! Have hooked up a mate in the search for a solution.
    Just shows a passing comment between mates leads to something I didn't know but possibly can help with.
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    There is a lot of information on this website, but it is in French.

    http://www.rotativementvotre.org/index.php

    Cheers, Andrew.


    Quote Originally Posted by bluey504 View Post
    The bloke I crew for in his racing exploits in a Mercedes Benz 450SE told me the tale of 690 Rotary powered Citroens. It seems that they were single rotor engines in what I guess would be GS variants but got "bought" back by the new owners of the Double Chevron because they were prototypes and they didn't want the hassle of having to supply spare parts and warranty issues.
    Can anyone shed light on this as the 'web myth' is that they occasionally are found in sheds in France and seem to be highly sort after. Even for Citroen they are a special kind of weird/unique.
    Ladies and Gentlemen please advise! I, and I know doubt others, would be fascinated with all facts/lies/truth and innuendo.
    Cheers Andrew

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    I've driven the blue one here in Australia. It was a heap of fun after 7000RPM!

    My pics of that car are here http://www.flickr.com/photos/frontdrive34/3074248236/ and here http://www.flickr.com/photos/frontdrive34/2641872526/ and here http://www.flickr.com/photos/frontdrive34/4517408234/
    That car now lives in Tasmania and seems loved.

    The other car is in Victoria and is here there are some pics from here http://www.flickr.com/photos/22043428@N05/2133710849

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    Not attempting to hijack the thread but... frontdrive's Flickr album shows a GS wagon for which I'm trying to find details to add to the Register - green series 2 with alloys. Can anyone tell me who owns it now, its VIN etc?
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