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Citroën 5HP Typ C3 Torpedo 4-cyl — 1922

Swedish-sold 5HP with the coveted duck tail bodywork.

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"A very charming 20s classic who yearns for the roads. Not perfect but useful. Brand new engine and gearbox."

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"A very charming 20s classic who yearns for the roads. Not perfect but useful. Brand new engine and gearbox."


This car with the nickname Tree Frog got a brand-new engine and gearbox in connection with the restoration some ten years ago. The car that starts and runs nicely is said to have been in very poor shape but is now in good repair condition. The bodywork is not a hundred percent and the paint have some minor traces of orange peel, scratches and cracks. The same for the chrome, which is ok but not perfect. The hood is new and the same applies for the gallon upholstery. On the floor is a carpet that hides the floor sheet. The recently replaced battery is now in the luggage instead of in the original location under a hatch in the floor. This is a car that can be even better with some work on the details.

Technical data

  • Year
  • Registration date
  • Mileage
  • Kw / hp
    8 / 11 
  • Fuel Type
  • Transmission
  • Interior finish
  • Colour


  • Mechanical condition:

    Brand new engine, gearbox and declutching. Easy to start and runs well. Restored brakes. On this car everything works.
    New battery under the rear hatch. Tires with good patterns. The spare wheel has a modern motorcycle tire.

  • Interior condition:

    Dressed in artificial leather, with the original as a model. Carpet on the floor. With some work on the details the car would reach a new level.

  • Exterior condition:

    Extensive sheet metal work done, the painting has some orange peel scratches and traces of putty work. Poor fit on some sheet metal parts, such as the door. Missing chain links between rear fenders and body, as well as some uneven sheet edges.
    The chrome is in good condition but not perfect. The radiator cover - among other things - has some damages. Newly sewed hood.
    After-mounted position lights, indicator signal lights and not the correct (but typical) rear lights of the time. Originally yellow with black fenders.

  • General condition:

    Good overall impression but would reach a new level with some work on the details.

MOT (tech. insp.)

Fordonsstatus: Avst 2008-06-27
Ursprungsbesiktning: 1994-09-28 (regbes)
Datum i trafik första gången: 1994-11-21
Besiktigad tom: -
Senast godkända besiktning: -
Körförbud: Nej
Skattebefriad: Ja
Årsskatt: -
Antal ägare: 4

Facts about the model

Citroën's smallest model was made between 1922 and 1926 was first called 5HP, then 5CV. For those who are wondering, the HP was the abbreviation of Horse Power, which was shelved in 1925 for the domestic model of calculation Cheval Vapeur - CV.
5 HP / CV was Citroën's first mass-produced car and André Citroën's ticket into the small-car market, which at least in France was completely dominated by Peugeot and Renault. As the innovator he was, he focused particularly on the female car buyers. Just as new was that the car could be bought on credit.
As it initially only got painted in yellow, it soon became nicknamed The Little Lemon, and in 1925, 5CV accounted for almost half of Citroën's total sales. A total of 83,000 cars had been produced until the production was closed in 1926.
The model was available with several bodies and one of the most popular was the Torpedo - with its sporty duck tail. Torpedo was built with both short (C2) and long wheelbase (C3), and like the other 5CV, the body had a wooden frame and only one door, on the passenger side.

Under the bonnet is a four-cylinder 856-cc engine - developing eleven horsepower’s - connected to a three-speed gearbox with unsynchronized first and second gear.

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phone: +46 708 20 21 13

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