Original was first vehicle to cross the Sahara, reproduction will travel up the Champs-Elysses
As part of its centennial celebration, French automaker Citroen worked with 160 students and 40 instructors to create a duplicate of the famed Golden Scarab, the first motorized vehicle to cross the Sahara nearly 100 years ago.
The replica project began in 2016 and the working vehicle, recently unveiled at the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Paris, will participate in the Citroen Centenary Anniversary Exhibition in mid-June in Paris, in the Journey to the West along the Champs-Elysees in mid-July and the ensuing Gathering of the Century event in le Perche.
“In this year of Citroën’s centenary, the rebuilding of the Golden Scarab takes on a whole new dimension,” Linda Jackson, Citroen chief executive, said in the company’s news release. “It is a project that André Citroën would have appreciated.
“We are proud of having supported and taken part in this new adventure, an educational project which today delivers a true-to-life replica of the original half-track.
“One hundred years separate the architects of these two vehicles, but the same passion drives them.”
It was in 1922 that Andre Citroen commissioned the K1 HP Type B2, aka Golden Scarab (Scarabee d’Or), a half-track vehicle, and assembled a team of around 10 men and a dog, Flossie, for the first motorized trip across the daunting north African desert.
By the way, Flossie not only made the trip, but inspired the Belgian cartoonist Herge to create the character of Milou to accompany Tintin in his adventures.