And They Remembered the Garrison’s Granary and the Strawberry Trees

After quite a hiatus, it is time to have another focus on ashtrays. Today we admire the dainty ashtray of the 1976 Citroen CX. 

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This fine pair of photos has been sent to us by our Hamburg correspondent, Kris, who appears to have been inside one of the cars recently. Lucky him.

This ashtray is quite well positioned: on the top of the rear door. The chrome frame is a generous touch. I have my doubts about the crackle-finish of the flap. Why not neutral chrome too? It is a rear-hinged flip-over design and, in terms of affordance, a little unhelpful. Does one press the front or back edge to open it?  This could be quite a good place for the tray but it must be a small bowl. Citroen could have made the door a bit deeper here to allow for a more substantial ashtray.

Author: richard herriott

I like anchovies. I dislike post-war town planning.

7 thoughts on “And They Remembered the Garrison’s Granary and the Strawberry Trees”

  1. Given the ashtray’s lack of alignment with the edge of the door handle, my guess would be it’s an off-the-shelf item.

  2. I guess these two curvatures should actually represent a fit. It’s even possible that they matched better earlier in this car’s life. The CX door cards are notorious for warping and distorting. I had disassembled them once on my car to fit speakers, and it was hard to put them back because no fixation point was on the place it originally was.

    Regarding the “crackle finish” of the lid — if I remember correctly, this is made of plastic, so it’s not the worst option. Better than smooth, glossy plastic or fake metal, anyway.

  3. I applaud the return of this topic – absolutely one of my favourites on DTW. It seems that colour might have more to do with the crackle-plastic lid than aesthetics or feel. It does match the rest of the interior nicely. Presumably the tray itself is small because it is in the rear, and French children probably only smoked one or two a day in the 70s.

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