The Citroen Type 23 or U23 was introduced by the French company Citroen in 1936 and was named the U23 due to the fact it was a utility vehicle (U) and the total weight of when it was at maximum load – 2.3 tons (U23).
Although looking very similar to the Citroen Traction Avant, the U23 runs a conventional rear wheel drive system rather than the Avant’s front wheel drive system. It is said that the Type 23 was the last car to be designed by Andre Citroen before his death in 1935. Production of the U23 lasted from the late 1930’s to the early 1960’s with the French Military ordering large quantities after the declaration of World War 2. At the time of the German invasion more than 12,000 Type 23’s had been delivered in less than 10 months, 6000 of which were then put into German service after the defeat of France in June 1940.
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