I know Bastille Day is still a few months away, but between Peugeot's badass Dakar racer and the clandestinely amazing Citroën museum, French cars have been on my mind a lot lately. More than they usually are, at any rate.
I'm a huge fan of French cars, particularly older ones. Old-school Renaults, Peugeots and Citroëns have this combination of bizarro styling, advanced technology, and racing heritage that manages to check all my Jalop-boxes. The fact that they're relatively hard to come by in the U.S. these days makes them even more special.
Also, some of them are just plain weird. Weird cars are the best.
That's our question of the day: What's the weirdest French car ever made?
I'm not sure this qualifies as THE weirdest, but the Citroën SM is one of my personal favorites and it's definitely weird as hell by mainstream American standards. It was a spaceship-looking "high-performance" front-wheel drive coupe with a Maserati engine and a bigger price tag than a Porsche 911. The SM also packed innovative steering and suspension systems. Oh, and they took it rallying too, because of course they did. I must own one someday.
Still, there's way weirder ones than the SM. Your turn. What's the strangest car the French ever produced? There's so many to choose from!