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.
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
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
Due to the wiping of all my cars and engines I have had to recreate models and in the meantime largely sussed out Ceder’s lore and model timeline to something that makes more sense with models being axed and replaced etc. This means that you should see some more cars coming soon and presence at autoshows.
The layout and history in the op will be changed following differences in the lore with current models being shown.
Ceder Abeille (1948-63)
The Abeille was the first all new Ceder car to be produced after World War II and aimed to keep the people of rural France motorized for the years to come whilst being cheap to manufacture and repair.
After the death of Ceder’s founder and CEO Antoine Ceder on the 30th of September 1944 due to ‘ill health’ , a new and modern car was proposed an all aluminum, 500cc air-cooled, rear mounted inline twin, car for the people.
The all alumium designe was scrapped due to the increase in pricing during and after the war, therefore a steel body and cast iron engine was used. The inline twin was replaced with a more gutsy 756cc inline four, still rear mounted. The new engine was named the Alençon and lived on in one form or another untill the mid 80’s with a maximum of capacity of 855cc.
An incredibly basic interior was fitted with a rear bench and two simple fronts. This rudimentary interior may have meant the Abeille was not massively comfortable but it’s simpleness meant less to go wrong and quicker assembly times.
The Abeille continued in production until 1963 when its production ended it’s seat was taken over by the Esterel introduced in '61 and became the best selling single model in Ceder’s entire history.
Block material: Iron
Head Material: Iron
Carburetor: One Single Barrel
HP: 28 @ 5100 RPM
Torque: 49NM @ 2800RPM
Gearbox: 4 Speed Manual
Seats: 5 [Bench Rear / 2 Basic Fronts]
Weight: 606 KG
Fuel Economy: 25.2 MPG [UK]
Top Speed: 65.6 MPH
0-62 MPH: 39.3 Seconds
Ditane 622 (1990-94)
The Final Episode
After all, all good things must come to an end, well good if you’re a middle aged French man who likes to arrive spinning backwards into the dinner party covered in the smell of melting glue and with your spine bent at a right angle with your feet bent to the 10 past 3 position.
Despite these faults the 622 was actually the most comfortable of the Ditane cars and was the most advanced vehicle they have made.
As with all Ditane’s it was fibreglass, rear-engined, and powered by a Ceder engine from a family car. The V6 while still being the same basic Rodier unit that dated back to 1975 it was bored out from 2.9 litres to 3.0 litres and fitted with two turbo chargers. The valve train was swapped from SOHC 12V to a DOHC 24V allowing for a better airflow in comparison to the original.
The interior consisted of two seats opposed to the 2+2 layout used in its predecessors which was perfect for the 45+ year old men who now own the but a few things were clearly foraged from the Ceder parts bin notably the cassete, switches and main dial cluster were all from the '89 Ciervo.
Double wishbone suspension on all four corners was present along with a mechanical LSD to ‘help’ keep the rear end in check and it worked, these handling focused underpinnings allowed the 622 to tackle even the bumpiest roads of France and one very long straight bit.
For the 1993 Le Mans Ditane turned the 622 up to 11, well up to 28PSI to be exact. The V6 was fitted with even larger turbo chargers, strengthened head and bottom end which when combined with a bucket load of petrol boosted the horse-power to 600.
Thanks to it’s giant rear wing low weight and 202MPH top speed allowed the 600LMR to achieve a class win in it’s first race.
Despite the class victory and high performance sales did not improve enough, strong competition from other manufacturers swarmed the markets during the midlife of the car causing as well as the change in direction for Ceder caused the closing of Ditane in late 1994.
HP: 304 @ 4300 RPM
Torque: 390NM @ 6600 RPM
Redline: 7200 RPM
Gearbox: 5 Speed Manual
Weight: 1042 KG
Fuel Economy: 34.8 MPG [UK]
Topspeed: 161.4 MPH
0-62 MPH: 4.00 Seconds