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Ceder Automobile Groupe | Ditane S.A | '56 Ditane 116


More towards the end of the 928 rather than the 944 so sort of I guess.


This would have been a great rival to the Scarlet. Pity its image was so out of step with its manufacturer’s reputation that it never sold as well as expected. Maybe a turbocharged variant would have been more appropriate? Considering that it was introduced in the 80s, it would have been very fitting indeed… And fast enough to challenge many contemporary supercars, which is saying something.


Ceder Cidari (1975-83)

TX Injection shown in image.

The Cidari was birthed in 1975 and continued to follow the typical Ceder recipe of longitudinal front wheel drive and independent suspension that had become adopted since the 1950’s. Despite following the standard formula the Cidari was the first higher end Ceder car from it’s initial design post World War 2.

The car was fitted with 4 high quality leather seats and 8 track making it a step up from the range of Ceder vehicles available at the time. It was also one of the first Ceder vehicles to place an emphasis on safety with it’s strong body and padded interior. With the it’s independent suspension and V6 engine the car was quick and handled well and thus became commonly used by the French police forces in the 1970’s along side Ditane 322’s that used the same 2.7 litre V6 engine.

Three engines were available that initially started with a 2.7 Rodier Series V6 using a pair of four barrel carburetors and produced 137hp sent through a 4 speed manual transmission or a 3 speed automatic. In 1978 two additional variants were added, a TS trim and a fuel injected variant of the TX. The TS trim came equipped with a 2.0 Rodier Inline 4, more basic wheels, interior and slightly different trim pieces.
The TX Injection came with additions such as head restraints, electric windows all round and optional electric sunroof aswell as a 5 speed manual transmission to pair with the revamped engine aswell as the 3 speed auto.

TX Injection shown in image.

1980 Paris-Dakar

The Lussier twins a brother and sister duo known for driving the terrains of Africa in a Ceder Irelle Ditane set their sights on the Paris-Dakar and took a pair of TXI Cidari’s and modified them for desert traversing. Both cars used a homebrew 4x4 system and Dominique and Avril modified the vehicles to produce 200hp in full rally trim and 182hp in the support car.

Both cars had their rear seats removed as well as the radio that combined with the reliable SOHC V6 engines and 4x4 system allowed the twins to race across the desert and then claim a well deserved 9th place which fully solidified their partnership with Ceder for future desert crossing in French family cars.

The 9th place car is on display at the Ceder Historique Motor Museum along side other vehicles that proved their worth in motorsport like Ditane F1. The 182hp support vehicle was recently sold at CM Auctions for a hammer price of $320,000.

Next time it’s back to the 50’s for some rear engined fun…


Well, well, well. With fuel injection and independent rear suspension this most definitely is a candidate for a proper fuel crisis import, eh? Looking simple but nice too, only thing that bugs me is the placement of the indicator and the reverse gear light, but that’s minor :grin:


Ditane 116 (1956-60)

Julien Ditane the nephew of a wealthy Ceder dealer in Amiens began rallying in 1950 in a lightly modified Ceder Abeille and immediately saw the inherent potential in the small rear engined economy car. In 1955 he decided to base the original prototype on a previous vehicle he created again based on the Abeille, the Guêpe.

The 116 was available in only 3 colours: red, white and blue. Julien fitted the same 756cc Alencon series engine from the Abeille tuned to develop 33hp that paired with a very lightweight fibreglass body made the 116 perfect for the Mille Miglia. Julien secured a podium place in the 116 and marked the vehicle as one of the most iconic French cars of the 1950’s.

Cars with the optional MM pack came with stiffer suspension an optional 5-Speed gearbox and tweaked engine that produced 44hp. The gearbox alone equated to a price of 40% of a Abeille and these MM specification cars were incredibly rare, especially considering that under 2000 116’s were made in the four years of it’s production.

Regarded now as the first fully Ditane car the 116 was the genesis for all vehicles to come from the company and would follow the recipe : rear engined, lightweight, small but powerful engines and often dangerous to drive.

The car was partially succeeded by the 118 a larger engined coupe still based on the 116. This was until the introduction of the 122 in 1962 the high revving Monte-Carlo storming rally car that put Ditane on the map as a proper sports car manufacturer.


Looks are a bit simple, but rear engined car that wants to fight you? Sign me up :grin: