For the Citroën scene, new model cars are no cause for excitement; the selection is naturally large. What is unusual, however, are the limited, special editions that smaller providers bring onto the market. The Citroën Projet L from Matrix Scale Models is certainly one of them, it comes to collectors in very small quantities and in two variants.
The Project L is probably only familiar to those who are more intensively interested in the history of the brand with the double angle. The study from 1971 is considered a forerunner of the Citroën CX and was designed by the designer legend Robert Opron.
Citroën Projet L from Matrix Scale Models
The Projet L takes influences from the Citroën GS/GSA, the BLMC Aerodynamica Concept from Pininfarina (Link) could also have influenced Opron. It is clear that the study for British Leyland from 68 left its mark on various manufacturers, why not on Citroën?
Project L was powered by a water-cooled boxer engine, it anticipated a lot of the exterior design from the later CX and the dashboard was borrowed from the SM. One can still regret today that the six-cylinder boxer never went into series production at Citroën. It would have promoted the brand's image in the long term and just the thought of a CX with such an engine under the hood is interesting.
Today, quite a few people even see the Projet L as being related to the much later C6 when it comes to the rear.
Matrix Scale Models (Link) is launching the Projet L in 1:43 scale in February, in two versions. In white, just like the Opron design can still be found in the manufacturer's historical collection today, limited to 180 copies. Additionally, a silver version is available for collectors, but it is only limited to 120 models.