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The last surviving Citroën Cityrama tourist bus receives the restoration it richly deserves

In the 1950s, Cityrama was looking to make a name for itself as a tourism company in Paris. In order to provide the best possible tours and to create a unique look for itself, the company commissioned a coachbuilder to manufacture a series of fabulously aged jet tourist buses.

Cityrama thus bought a handful of Citroën 55s and entrusted them to Currus, a local coachbuilder. The design brief called for a double-decker bus that used as much glass as possible and looked like nothing else on the road. And, indeed, the results have been dramatic.

As YouTube’s The Tim Traveler reported in a video posted in March (immediately below), the buses were an instant hit. They made Cityrama one of the biggest tourist businesses in Paris and operated until the last one was decommissioned in the early 80s. With only a handful ever made, time has not been kind to these bus.

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It was feared that all had been lost in the sands of time. Fortunately, however, the video above has been answered, and now the (allegedly) last existing Cityrama Currus Citroën 55 from 1956 has been found.

It is in fairly rough condition with most of the glass missing, extensive rust all over the body and other issues. The good news is, however, that the engine is running and the bus has been driven from its secret storage location to be shown at a motor show in France (as well as the Le Mans classic weekend) this summer attended by the host of the Tim Traveler.

The news is even better than that, because not only was the channel able to tour the bus, but they also spoke to the man who will be leading the restoration of this spectacular vehicle.

Philippe Debasly of Normandy Classics says the restoration will involve completely demolishing the bus, sandblasting it and rebuilding any structures that were too rotten to save. The bodywork will then be cared for, the mechanics redone and the interior put back in order.

In all, Debasly says the restoration process will take around four years and is funded by the Association Normande d’Anciens Utilitaires, a group of classic vehicle enthusiasts focused on utility vehicles who now own the vehicle. If this story of rediscovery has inspired you, they would be delighted to accept donations from enthusiasts around the world to help finance the restoration, which promises to be quite expensive.

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