When the Germans were occupying France during World War II, most of the daily essentials were rationed including petrol and diesel.
A firm called F.A.P. Elgazo Tarbes hit upon the idea to run a car, burning coal. Two large cylinders at the back of a Citroen 11B were filled with coal and ignited. Within 30 minutes enough methane gas was generated that was transferred by a gas pipe to a specially made carburettor. Depending upon the quality of coal, this car could run at 45 km/hr up to a distance of about 50 km, after which the driver again had to reload new stock of coal to drive further.
About 200 of these Gasifier cars were assembled and sold during this time.
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic|
|- Non-opening bonnet, boot and doors|
|- On plinth (platform base)|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||6.5 x 2.5 x 3|