Sunday History Photo / ACT

Submitted: Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 06:23
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In 1925 this car was the first to travel around Australia. Its owner, Neville Westwood, was a 22-year old who purchased the car second-hand with 48,000 km on the clock. He left Perth on 4th August 1925 with one companion.
While travelling through the Northern Territory, the two men had to do many on-road repairs, included filling punctured tyres with grass and cowhide. His companion left the journey in Albury and Westwood continued to Melbourne then Adelaide before returning to Perth on the 30th December 1925 escorted by a welcoming convoy of motorists.
The 5CV was sold by Neville's brother in 1926 then repurchased by Neville shortly after as he recognised its significance to Australian motoring history. The Citroen remained with Neville until his death in 1969, after which it was passed to his son Ron. The 5CV was restored in 1975 and Ron hoped to retrace his father's journey in 2000 for the 75th anniversary but this never eventuated.
The National Museum of Australia acquired the Citroen from Ron in 2005. The museum's conservation experts completely dismantled the vehicle to start on conservation treatment. The chassis was treated and repainted but the body finish retains the form of its 1970 restoration. The running gear has also been treated and reconditioned to functional condition.
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The National Museum of Australia invited NRMA to compare the old car with current Holden and Citroen models. The two current models completed the full NRMA test performance testing while the old Citroen under took some milder testing using the team's satellite data acquisition equipment. The Citroen was limited to some laps around the circuit as it suffered clutch problems,
When not on display, the car is stored in a government facility in plastic oxygen bubbles (car cocoon) to keep it in pristine condition.
This was a great experience for the NRMA Motoring Specialists as the car is very unlikely to ever be driven again, especially on a race track under test conditions.

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Reply By: Member Brian (Gold Coast) - Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 06:34

Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 06:34
Another good'un Doug!! Many thanks.

Cheers

Brian
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Reply By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 09:12

Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 09:12
Gday Doug
I just looked the car up on google. 4 cyl 856 cc...max 60 kph 5 ltr /100
And look at the ground clearence..
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Follow Up By: On Patrol & TONI - Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 11:01

Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 11:01
Good one Doug well done.


Murray even with that great ground clearance the running board seems to have suffered the same fate as my GU's It seems to have a slight curvature to it. LOL
Cheers Colin
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Follow Up By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 11:38

Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 11:38
Gday Toni
The 5cv 's running board was bent on the trip around Australia, where as yours was possibly done in Coles car park . lol
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Follow Up By: On Patrol & TONI - Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 12:18

Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 12:18
Thats right Murray, it happened when the Minister for War & Finance drove over a little Citroen that got in her way in the Wollies car pk, LOL
Cheers Colin

PS TONI is the car Murray, part TO-yota & part NI-ssan.
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Reply By: On Patrol & TONI - Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 11:22

Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 11:22
Gday Doug,
an interesting little lemon that one, only the french could call a car a lemon!!! LOL

The NRMA did a comparison test with that car and the Holden #1
Read the story Holden V CV2

Cheers Colin.
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Follow Up By: On Patrol & TONI - Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 11:23

Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 11:23
OOOPs that should read 5CV
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Reply By: Member - jay D (VIC) - Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 13:54

Sunday, Apr 11, 2010 at 13:54
Hi Doug

Another good sunday story, thank's for the work you put in.

cheers

jay
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