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1933 Citroen Kegresse Half-Track

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1933 Citroen Kegresse Half-Track - Tampa Bay Automobile Museum
1933 Citroen Kegresse Half-Track - Tampa Bay Automobile Museum


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From 1920 to 1935, Citroen manufactured the only half-track available worldwide under a license from its inventor Alphonse Kegresse.

Andre Citroen put his marketing expertise to use by sponsoring three expeditions meant to show off the combination of his vehicle design utilizing Kegresse's track system, and demonstrate the ability to use a half-track to cross extremely inhospitable land.

The first expedition, in 1922 and 1923, involved 12 people crossing the Sahara Desert from Toggourt, Algeria, to Timbuktu, Mali, and represented the first exploration of that desert by motorcar. The second; also lnown as La Croisiere Noire, traversed Africa from North to South, beginning on October 28, 1924, and ending on June 26, 1925.

The third, and most famous expedition, known both as the Citroen-Haardt Expedition and La Croisiere Jaune, commenced on April 4th, 1931 in Beirut, Lebanon, and followed Marco Polo's Silk Road route to Beijing, while seven halftracks left the Yellow Sea city of Tianjin to meet them part-way. The expedition, which was covered by such publications as "National Geographic", survived Russian bureaucracy, arrest, bandits, rebels, severe weather, and the death of Georges-Marie Haardt who succumbed to pneumonia at the end of the journey, but finally arrived in Beijing on December 2, 1932.

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1933 Citroen Kegresse Half-Track - Tampa Bay Automobile Museum
1933 Citroen Kegresse Half-Track - Tampa Bay Automobile Museum