Model – Citroen DS PLR ‘Mille Pattes’
Scale – 1/18
Packaging – Brand new and boxed
Manufacturer – CMR
Due in stock w/c 06/07/2020
Back in the early 1970’s, Michelin which at the time was a shareholder in Citroen, decided they needed a high speed tyre testing vehicle. And so, the Citroen DS PLR – PLR standing for Poids Lourd Rapide, translating to Fast Truck, but more commonly known as Mille Pattes, French for Centipede, came into being. With ten wheels plus another ‘test’ wheel fitted internally, the DS was fitted with two rear mounted Chevrolet 454 Big Block engines to provide power, one for the car itself and another powering the test wheel. The test wheel itself was mounted centrally inside the car and fitted with hydraulics to allow a full range of tyres to be tested.
Today, the days of the Mille Pattes pounding around Michelin’s Clemont Ferrand test track are long since gone and it can usually be found in the Michelin Museum in the city. Now that’s a place we really need to go to…