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Citroën 12

(1939 model)

Brief specs of 1939 Citroën 12

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 1628 cm3 / 99.3 cu in / 99.3 cu in, 26.1 kW / 35.0 hp / 35.0 hp @ 3200 rpm / 3200 rpm / 3200 rpm, manual 3-speed transmission, front wheel drive

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)CitroënIssued from1939
Model12Issued until
Serie12Number made
Model familyBody construction
Model codeBody designation


Base platformNumber of doors4
Bodywork typesedan (saloon)Number of seats5
Bodywork designerCargo capacity (volume)
Passenger space (volume)Max. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length4267 mm / 168.0 in / 168.0 inTotal (curb) weight1020 kg / 2249 lb / 2249 lb
Width1657 mm / 65.2 in / 65.2 inDry weight
HeightLoad capacity
Wheelbase2908 mm / 114.5 in / 114.5 inGross (max.) weight
Track front1340 mm / 52.8 in / 52.8 inTowing weight
Track rear1340 mm / 52.8 in / 52.8 inWeight distribution (front)
Ground clearance178 mm / 7.0 in / 7.0 inFuel capacity41 l / 9.0 UK gal / 10.8 US gal
Length/wheelbase ratio1.47  


Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)Frontal area (A)
Aerodynamic coefficient (Cd×A)Aerodynamic resistance (Aero horse power) at 100 km/h (62 mph)


Engine CodeTotal number of cylinders4
Engine Typestraight (inline) Total number of valves8
Engine ManufacturerCitroënValves per cylinder2
Engine constructionBore72.0 mm / 2.83 in / 2.83 in
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke100.0 mm / 3.94 in / 3.94 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio0.72
Fuel supplyEngine displacement1628 cm3 / 99.3 cu in / 99.3 cu in
Engine Main bearingsUnitary capacity407.00 cm3/cylinder / 24.837 cu in/cylinder / 24.837 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignOHV (overhead valve, I-head)Compression ratio
SumpMax. output power26.1 kW / 35.0 hp / 35.0 hp at 3200 rpm / 3200 rpm / 3200 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque at
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)10.4 kW / 14.0 hp / 14.0 hp (est.)
CoolantwaterSpecific output16.0 kW/l / 0.352 bhp/cu in / 0.352 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converternoSpecific torque


Transmission typemanualNumber of gears3
Wheel drivefront wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio1
  Final gear (drive) ratio4.9


Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)Top (maximal) speed
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)Power-to-weight ratio34.3 kW/ton / 26.0 bhp/ton / 26.0 bhp/ton
Acceleration 0-100 km/hFuel consumption, City (urban)
Acceleration 0-100 mph (160 km/h)Fuel consumption, Road (extra-urban)
Acceleration 80-120 km/h (50-70 mph) in topFuel consumption, Mixed (combined)
Standing ¼mile time Fuel consumption, Euro
Standing kilometer time CO2 emissions


Engine locationfrontEngine alignmentlongitudinal
SteeringSteering details
Turns lock-to-lockTurning circle
Suspension frontIndependent, Torsion barSuspension rearLive axle, Torsion bar
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres frontTyres rear
Brakes frontBrakes rear
Brake diameter frontBrake diameter rear
Brakes detailsBraked area

Technical specifications and performance data of Citroën 12


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