The Oddest French Cars Ever Made

Over the years, France has produced some pretty strange, quirky cars. Here are the strangest, according to you.

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French manufacturers have come up with some of the quirkiest, most interesting cars on the planet. Here are the strangest of the strange, according to you.

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Citroën 2CV

Citroën's iconic economy car doesn't have much in terms of features, but it's overflowing with character. Just look at it.

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Renault
Renault Avantime

The Avantime's strange kinked rear end and two-door minivan format make it stand out as one of the weirder designs Renault has put into production.

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Renault Twizy

You'd be hard-pressed to find a weirder city car than the Renault Twizy. It's a all-electric two-seater with outboard wheels and scissor doors.

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Citroën
Citroën SM

Some consider the Maserati-engined Citroën SM to be the prettiest car ever made. Its retro-futuristic styling and hydropneumatic suspension gave people of the 1970s a glimpse into what the car world had in store.

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Citroën DS

Of course, if you need more than two doors in your retro-futuristic French cruiser, the DS is the answer. It uses the same funky height-adjustable suspension, and looks unlike anything else on the road.

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Peugeot
Peugeot 1007

Have you ever seen a tiny European compact car with sliding doors? Well, the 1007 has them. Not only do they make squeezing in and out of tight spaces easier, but they also stand out.

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Renault
Renault Clio V6

French manufacturers have a knack for building high-performance mid-engine versions of their economy hatchbacks, and the Clio V6 might be the coolest.

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Peugeot 205 T16

Of course, if you're more into classic metal, the Peugeot 205 T16 is a perfect go-to. Not only is it mid-engine, but it's also all-wheel drive. A true Group B homologation legend.

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Citroën
Citroën C4 Cactus

The Cactus is a sort of compact crossover-type vehicle, with plastic padding scattered along its body. It doesn't drive much differently from its normal-looking competitors, but it sure looks a lot more interesting.

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Alpine A110

The original A110 dominated rallies in Europe thanks to its unusual yet traction-rich rear-engine layout. The new one, while mid-engine, is still worth a mention thanks to its well thought-out retro design.

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Citroën Méhari

The Méhari uses the same interconnected suspension as the 2CV, but wears a more industrial body, with a soft top and a tire mounted on the hood for the four-wheel drive version.

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Helicron

Unsurprisingly, a propeller-driven car with rear-wheel steering isn't the most practical thing to drive to work every day. But it might be the weirdest French car ever built.

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