Building of Estate cars

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Building of Estate cars

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Estate Car manufacture.
Can anyone tell me how Estate car manufacture was managed? Were part built cars transported from Rennes to Cerizay - if so how complete were they? And the §64,000 dollar question - when was the RP number assigned?
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From pics I've seen, it looks like Heuliez built them from the bare shell up. Whether the shell was supplied with any running gear at all I'm not sure. Can't find the pics now!

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I'd agree with that much. But not sure if Heuliez were provided with a complete shell to modify or built it from scratch.
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Cheers for that Todd. Looking at that first image, you can understand why estates rust so badly at the rear quarters.
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I'd be surprised if they were supplied complete shells, but depending on the assembly sequence of the hatchback shell they may have been supplied part built shells minus roof, rear panel and rear hatch surround.

I understand Heuliez didn't rust proof the cars as well as Citroen did, so maybe common rust issues with estates could be a clue. If they rust everywhere worse than a hatch then they could have built them all themselves, but it they are only more rust prone around the estate specific parts of the shell that would suggest that at least some of the shell was assembled and treated by Citroen
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