G Super 1,3 CIMOS
KM : 32 !
COLOUR: Beige Névada
1.3 litre, flat-four ‘Boxer’ engine, air-cooled. 65 horsepower. 155km/hr.
4 speed gearbox. Fuel consumption of 8 litres/100km.
‘Super’ trim level : never offered on the GS in France, only on GS manufactured by the Cimos company in Yugoslavia.
The GS Cimos is easily identified by 4 round headlights. The upholstery is also specific to the car and locally made, along with floor mats, tyres made by the manufacturer Sava, battery and tool kit made in Yugoslavia (see photo).
Cimos is the result of an agreement between Citroen and the Tomos company to make Citroen cars in Yugoslavia. The collaboration will utilise the CKD (‘complete knocked down’) technique, used for exporting products that are not yet assembled. Thus, the engines were delivered from France without oil, hence the label attached (see photo), in order to avoid damage (from experience).
The Cimos factories assembled the Ami8, 2CV6, GS and Dyane (under the name Diana). From 1981, Cimos built the Dak and Geri with parts from Citroen in France and manufactured some specific parts for these models themselves.
There was tension between the two companies and this led to the end of the collaboration in 1985.
Around 15,000 GS Cimos were produced.
In 1980, the Somek brothers from Zagreb decided to buy together a new GS. The car was ordered, paid for and delivered. So far, so good.
On the other hand, when it was necessary to apply for a registration certificate, the surname was not a problem but the two brothers would not accept the first name of the other one on the form ! In Yugoslavia, the authorities allowed one named owner only.
The quarrel lasted for forty years. When they died in the 2020s, the car was still unregistered, they had never used it. A Dutch dealer bought the GS and sold on to me at the start of 2022. The body work had been preserved from corrosion, but the condition under the bonnet was terrible. I set about a complete mechanical overhaul over several months, to end up with an appearance close to how it left the factory.
Hall d'exposition (Pays-Bas).