Heuliez was created in 1920 by Adolphe Heuliez, who started by making horse-drawn carts. As early as 1925, he assembled his first car, a Peugeot 177B.
He also created a subsidiary company for the production of buses, which was later sold.
Towards the end, however, the main product of Heuliez is the retractable roof made for the Peugeot 206 CC.
(The Peugeot 206 CC (sometimes spelled as 206CC) was formally launched at the Paris Motor Show in September 2000 and was based on the Peugeot Two-oh-heart concept car, revealed two years before at the Geneva Motor Show. It is a coupé cabriolet featuring a powered fold-away roof based on the Georges Paulin system, first seen on the 1935 Peugeot 402 Eclipse coupe.
It was produced in Cerizay, France, by the French company Heuliez, which is specialized in producing short series for niche markets, such as convertibles or station-wagons. Production was stopped in early 2008, and it has since been replaced by the 207 CC )
350,000 units have been produced. It also produced entire cars, such as the Opel Tigra.
(After an absence of four years, Opel resurrected the Tigra nameplate in 2004 for a new sports car based on the third generation Opel Corsa. The Tigra TwinTop, as it was called in Opel markets, was a two-seater coupé convertible with a retractable hardtop in the fashion of the Peugeot 206 CC. It was launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2004 and was produced by French coachbuilder Heuliez)
Since 1985, Heuliez has produced more than 450,000 cars, with a staff of over 2,000. More recently, however, poor sales of the Tigra forced Heuliez to reduce its staff by 541 and Opel asked Heuliez to reduce its output from 200 to 50 cars/day until the end of 2006.
In October 2007, Heuliez asked for protection from creditors. In July 2008 Argentum Motors committed to investing ten million Euros in the business with a further ten million Euros during the ensuing five year in return for 60% pf the company’s capital, but the agreement was not followed through.
Heuliez is trying to put a four-door convertible, similar to the Peugeot 407 Macarena prototype, into production within the next five years.
2007 Peugeot 407 Heuliez Macarena
Since 2010, Heuliez went out of convertible roof top making business.
Business activity ended on 31 October 2013. The company’s plant and buildings have been taken over by the “Fabrique régionale du Bocage”, a quasi-company which has the regional government of Poitou-Charentes as its majority share-holder.
I’m going to show you al lot of models Heuliez made in it’s history.
1930 Citroën Heuliez Hearse
1930 Heuliez Citroën U 23
1932 Citroen C6G1 TCL 01 Heuliez? Lourdes
1936 Citroën 32 Heuliez
1937 Heuliez Citroën
1939 Citroen Heuliez
1939-41 Citroën TUB-TUC Heuliez?
1950 Berliet Heuliez
1950 heuliez history 1
Peugeot Heuliez 203 Funeral
1950 Peugeot 203 BREAK Barré
1952 Citroën Type 23 Corbillard(Heuliez)
1955 camion Heuliez U23 La Vache Grosjean
1955 Citroen U23 Heuliez Robustacier 16p
1955 D320 Heuliez Funeral
1955 heuliez bus sur chassis citroen
1955 Renault 2,5T Heuliez Robustacier
1955 Renault Heuliez Estafette c5
1955 Renault Heuliez Hearse
1955 salon de Paris
1955-75 Citroën DS
1956 André BIANCO HEULIEZ
1956 Citroën P 55 carrossé par Heuliez
1956 citroen55 heuliez.campuac
1956 utagaz Tour de France
1957 Camion porteur habillé par Heuliez sur base Citroën 55
1957 heuliez chasse-tresor
1958 Berliet cabine relaxe numerisation0040. Citroen cabine Heuliez
1958 Citroën Heuliez t55
1958 citroën heuliez-u23-suze
1958 L’atelier des fourgons 23-50 HLZ chez Heuliezh23b
1958 PERFEX CITROEN U23 HEULIEZ FOURGON SABINE RANCY
1958 Saviem Heuliez GT1000
1959 Citroen DS Heuliez Funural Car
1959 Citroën et Chausson disque11
1959 Citroën U23 HZ Heuliez
1959 citroën heuliez funeral
1959 Peugeot D4A heuliez funeral
1960 Berliet GLR 8 modification Heuliez
1960 Citroën DS hearse heuliez
1960 Citroën Heuliez arton
1960 peugeot 404 heuliez
1961 Citroen – Heuliez HL2.T.60.D1
1961 Citroën DS funeral heuliez
1961 funeral DS23 Heuliez
1961 Citroen ID 19 F Break funeralcar heuliez
1962 Citroën heuliez
1962 Peugeot 404 Heuliez Funeral
1963 Citroën heuliez ami 6