French village garage’s century of Citroën heritage

Patrick Marchesseau with one of his favourite Citroëns

It is just a small village garage but it resounds with 100 years of Citroën history.

Owner Patrick Marchesseau is the third generation to run the garage, in Corme-Royal, Charente-Maritime.

He succeeded his father Guy – and his son Benoit is preparing to take over when he retires.

Mr Marchesseau said: “My grand-father Harris Marchesseau was an apprentice blacksmith in 1909.

“By 1919 he was set up in his own business but was fascinated by the cars and lorries that were starting to arrive in the countryside.

“André Citroën set up his first agency in Saintes and somehow, we do not know how, he met my grand-father and signed him up as his second agency.”

How his grandfather got ...

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