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1978 Citroën Visa

If a Citroën from that time is usually idiosyncratic, then the Visa takes it one step further. No, this does not mean the one-armed steering wheel typical of the brand. And neither do the control buttons directly behind it, because the 2 CV already had them.

But the so-called rigid satellites instead of adjustment levers take some getting used to. However, our video below with the test of the car claims that you can get used to it after a certain period of familiarization. Only the blinker just does not come back by itself.

But look at the instruments for reading. Placed like bricks in front of the corrugated wall, square, which further reduces readability. The whole ensemble looks like in a children's rooms put together at random.

The car doesn't want to be strange at all. In the second video below you can see how quietly and comfortably you can drive in this car, which is rather unusual in this class with e.g. a 650 cm3 engine. And despite the slightly larger body roll, it is easy to control.

Only one wiper on the way to the engine. Front bumper and radiator grille or air intake made from a single piece of plastic. And this is still fraught with the problems of the materials of the time. Without proper care, it just turned gray and unsightly.

If you open the front hood, comes the next surprise. Behind it there can be either a transverse, liquid-cooled four-cylinder or a longitudinal, air-cooled two-cylinder engine. It probably takes a long time to think about when something like this has ever existed in a single model.

Citroën was taken over by Peugeot four years earlier and now has to install their engines, some with significant reinforcements. Actually, the whole platform comes from Peugeot, in this case from the 104, and Citroën is only allowed to biuild in the 2 CV engine including gearbox, which clearly fits best here.

The spare wheel even fits in at the front, but that's not the only advantage. The engine has become even lighter thanks to coated aluminum cylinders, which reduces the front-heaviness. Its center of gravity is low, which is also good for the driving characteristics.

And then it is also economical, perhaps not as much as the later diesel engine that could be ordered instead of the petrol engine. In 1981, a probably premature facelift was due, they say, because of the plastic nose. After that, the car changes its character thoroughly. It is reduced, also inside and thus finally to the Peugeot.

Here again the difference in the initial motorization of a later version . . .

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