Just one look at this thing tells you the Currus designers in the 50’s were on their game.
Amazing lines, colors, trim. Heavy on style and functional all the way.
In 1950s Paris, tour operator Groupe Cityrama commissioned French coachbuilder Currus to create hyperfuturistic double-decker buses built atop a Citroen U55 truck chassis. The result? The Citroen U55 Cityrama Currus, Flash Gordon’s bus.
The Citroen U55 Cityrama Currus was double-decker bus with stylishly curved, wrap around glass on seemingly every surface – sort of like a Vista Cruiser station wagon on steroids.
Or on a whole sheet of blotter, now that I think about it. The roof was also glass, and that could be removed so the very upper deck could be used for open air touring in the summer months.
The Cityrama buses were built exclusively as tour buses in the bustling post-war era of Paris, when optimism and looking to the future was the order of the day.
Underpinned by Citroen’s workhorse U55 chassis, Currus designed a daring, Flash Gordon/Buck Rogers double-decker bus with elegantly curved, wrap around glass at all vantage points. The roof was also all glass and could be configured for open-air driving during summer months.
Its outrageous styling managed to get it into several movies of the era, including Le Corniaud and Zazie Dans Le Métro. The pointy roof ornament above the driver seems a perfect way to spear that treacherous Ming the Merciless, should the opportunity ever present itself.
Perfection designed to keep your eye on the sights and sounds of Paris!
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