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June 1st, 2007

Citroen 2CV: Cute, Loveable, and For Sale

Citroen 2CV

If I were to tell you that the car in this photo is one of my all-time favorites, you might suspect there's a screw loose somewhere and it's not under the hood. But I've always admired the Citroen 2CV (Deux Cheveaux) for its utter simplicity, absolute reliability, and unique character. The design dates back to the 1930's when it was created as transportation for the average French family at a time when most could not afford anything better. The air-cooled two-cylinder engine, with front-wheel-drive, had sufficient power for its light weight while the suspension offered a surprisingly smooth ride from an all-independent suspension. Bodywork was simple, highlighted by a huge fabric sunroof that rolled back like the lid on a sardine can. Citroen continued making 2CV's in France until 1988 and for a time during the 1990's a French firm was buying up used examples and then, with still available new parts, remanufacturing and selling them at a reasonable price. A Toronto couple I knew at the time bought one and loved it, and I still see the occasional 2CV here in Sidney, BC, where they turn more heads than a muscle car. The 1962 model in this photo is listed by a Georgia dealer in hemmings motor news for $12,900. Believe me, you can't buy more vintage fun for the dollar.


by Philip Powell | Posted in French Cars | 9 Comments » |

9 Comments »

Comment by Servaas
  • I love them too. Years ago I saw one in France with tinted windows, V6 engine and modified bodywork and suspension. If I ever have the money, I want one like that….

    June 12, 2007 @ 9:18 am
  • Comment by Philip
  • That makes two of us! Thanks for the comment.

    June 12, 2007 @ 9:45 am
  • Comment by Harley
  • - – and they had a power takeoff of sorts to power farm impliments.
    I don’t remember that window in the C pillar.

    PS: Was it the 2CV or the VW prototype that had a single headlamp?

    June 18, 2007 @ 1:10 am
  • Comment by Harley
  • - – and they had a power takeoff of sorts to power farm implements.
    I don’t remember that window in the C pillar.

    PS: Was it the 2CV or the VW prototype that had a single headlamp?

    June 18, 2007 @ 1:17 am
  • Comment by Arne
  • I drove one in Germany for 3 years. What a blast! Even cruised it on the Autobahn. Roll back the roof on nice days and the sky’s the limit. Loved the shifter and flip-up windows. Oh.. and the way it leaned waaay over on turns. The best was that it was light enough that when parallel parking if you didn’t have enough time to “back and forth” it in, I could literally lift the back end up and drop it in the parking space (yeah.. I’m not such a little guy, but still..)

    May 21, 2008 @ 3:48 pm
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    May 2, 2009 @ 11:32 am
  • Comment by neon tabela
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    August 25, 2009 @ 9:33 am
  • Comment by Jim
  • We have had a 1966 2-CV for 25 years. It’s the most fun for the money you could ever find. Fournet’s (France) restored it 100% before we shipped it back to the US. Picked it up at the port in Baltimore and drove it home to Illinois.

    January 22, 2011 @ 2:25 am
  • Comment by George
  • Is this auto still for sale??

    March 7, 2011 @ 3:33 am
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