Thanks to some recent 1:18 scale releases, Stephen Paul Hardy has found himself falling in love all over again…
“Oh no, here I go again
Fallin’ in love again
Love is like a grain
Oh, oh, whoa...
Oh, oh, Dyane...
Talkin’ ‘bout Dyane”
With apologies to Fleetwood Mac!
The above Fleetwood Mac lyrics really resonate with me. Why? Because I think nostalgia, to a greater or lesser extent, has an inextricable influence on our collecting choices and preferences – and I have many happy memories of my flirtatious dalliances with Citröens. Unlike my otherwise very sensible air-cooled Teutonic choices, the models from this marque could perhaps be compared to Gallic mistresses: unpredictable but refreshingly fun and quite simply unforgettable.
1970’s nostalgia, including, to the left, a shot of Stephen’s much loved 1:1 Masséna Red Dyane 4.
This was particularly true of a 1971 Dyane 4 that first came my way in 1973. In truth, this was not so much love at first sight but a rebound romance. I had wanted a Beetle but just couldn’t afford one in reasonable condition. Another choice would have been a 2CV – but here there was no RHD [Right Hand Drive] option, as imports to the UK had ceased several years beforehand. Hobson’s choice, then, fell to the ‘up graded 2CV' Dyane – the only RHD 2CV equivalent offered by Citröen in the UK at the time.
Read the full article in Model Collector August 2017
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