||1- THE VEHICLE
Each journey poses its own particular problems: this
is why you can never be too careful in preparing a
You will find in this brochure, detailed
instructions for the preparation of whichever
Citroën vehicle you
may have chosen, are going to buy, or already have.
A: CHOICE OF VEHICLE
No matter how strong the vehicle, it must
understood that it should never be overloaded.
The lighter you are, the better your chances of
keeping going. One of the “Wolgen wisdoms” of the
Raid Afrique was: “If you’re light you don’t stop:
if you’re heavy, you flop”. It is better to leave
without replacement parts, even without equipment,
in order to remain light and thus to avoid the most
likely cause of trouble. Experience shows that it is
foolish to be overloaded and thereby to risk
irreparable damage. It is as easy to read as it is
to write, but you will discover that it is more
difficult to do. The point is to avoid the
temptation of anticipating trouble: weight is your
real enemy. In order to keep it under control, you
should weigh your vehicle on a weighbridge with all
your luggage and equipment on board. Better still,
weigh each item as you add it to the list, and keep
a check of the running total. If you exceed the
limits listed below then lighten the load: throw
things out - cut your toothbrush in half!
SPECIAL VERSIONS P.O. AND G.E.
If you do not already have a vehicle in
which to undertake your intended expedition,
you have the chance of buying a Citroën
specially adapted to your needs.
In the case of most Citroën models, there
exists in effect a P.0. (for Overseas
Territories) or G.E. (for Grande Exportation)
version modified to make it suitable for
travel on rough roads and in harsh climates.
These qualities must obviously be a prime
consideration in your planning. Citroën’s
special equipment is built-in during the
course of construction: it is, therefore,
very difficult to convert an existing
vehicle to the same standard. This makes it
important that you should specify at the
time of your order, all those features you
have chosen which would not normally be
needed in European driving conditions.
2CV, ACADIANE, MÉHARI P.0.
Among the smaller engined cars, your choice
lies between the 2CV6 or the Acadiane van
with P.0. option, or the two-wheel-drive
Méhari 4x2 which has P.0. equipment as
standard. P.0. equipment comprises various
items and chassis reinforcement (dry-element
air filter, reinforced front cross-member
and suspension arms, uprated dampers,
reinforced platform, sump guard) which have
been found desirable for operations over
rough roads and open country. You might also
consider adding five 135-15 X tubed tyres to
the P.0. package. In France, this would add
about 2.2 to 2.6 per cent to the price of
the standard vehicle, whichever one you