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    Tony Saggu
    / #1979-Citroen-2CV #Bonhams Greenwich / #1979 / #Citroen-2CV / #Citroen

    Greenwich, Connecticut June 3, 2018

    White with red fenders and vinyl rollback top; gray tweed seats. 435cc aircooled, opposed two-cylinder engine; single downdraft carb. Four-speed manual transmission, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes, four-wheel independent suspension. And for horsepower? An overwhelming 12 at 3,600 rpm, according to Bonhams (other sources state almost double that amount). Restored in 2008 to a high standard, this 2CV has good cosmetics inside and out, with very good paint, excellent glass and a well-trimmed cloth interior.

    You could open a good size museum containing only 2CV models and derivatives. Citroën made trucks, vans and pickups, as well as the Sahara, a 2CV with two motors providing primitive but effective 4WD. In all, over 3,500,000 2CVs were built; add those variants that were done on the 2CV platform, and that number balloons to over 8,500,000. The irst 2CVs — for deux chevaux, or two horses in French (for its 2 taxable bhp) — were made in France in 1948; the inal ones were assembled in 1990. In the interim, they were manufactured in an amazing variety of countries. Even though the market for beach cars from the 1960s is hot (Fiat Jollys and Mini Mokes come to mind), the minimalist 2CV hasn’t been swept up in that tidal surge.

    Selling at less than nine grand against an estimated range of $15,000 to $20,000, this was une incroyable affaire, an incredible deal for the buyer.

    SOLD AT $8,960
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    Mike Renaut
    Put a smile on your face / #Citroen-2CV / #Citroen /

    Citroën’s 2CV was always endearing and a hoot to drive – and now you can buy a ‘brand new’ one, handbuilt to your specifications Words Mike Renaut / Photography Matt Richardson

    THAT’S A SHOCK. Citroën’s #Deux-Chevaux is no longer a student’s cheap banger. A decent 2CV is worth several thousand pounds, especially one completely rebuilt to make it rust-free and mechanically perfect. That’s where The #2CV-Shop comes in: it transforms rusty examples into brand new 2CVs. ‘We strip them completely, replacing the entire floor and sills on every car we build,’ explains managing director Darren Arthur. ‘You can’t see rust hiding up inside, so we prefer to put all new steel in. Each shell is then shot-blasted back to bare metal.’ Once rot-free, the shell is seam-sealed and zinc-coated.

    The 2CV Shop is the UK distributor for Cassis, which produces parts from original Citroën tooling. The brand new galvanised chassis gets fresh steering and brakes, overhauled suspension, new wiring, a rebuilt engine and gearbox along with new pipework, wheels and tyres. All cars are handbuilt to the customer’s desires. ‘We did a 2CV in metallic black with televisions in the headrests to match a client’s Audi A8,’ says Darren. ‘A disabled chap required a hand throttle on his; another customer wanted racing suspension. Leather interiors are possible, and so are hatchback conversions and tinted glass.’

    The 2CV Shop produces some 20 bespoke 2CVs per year, mainly straightforward restorations to factory spec with upgrades such as electronic ignition. The entirely in-house process takes about 12 weeks and you drive away in what is effectively a factory-fresh 2CV.

    As with most things Citroën, what at first seems odd soon becomes second nature. Grab the gearstick jutting from the centre of the dashboard and pull; a flick of the wrist anti-clockwise selects the dog-leg first gear on the four-speed box, then release and push forward for second. With a 30bhp 602cc engine I’m not expecting much, but the car surprises. Revved hard it keeps up with modern traffic better than some larger-engined classics. Power into a corner and you’ll lean until the mudflaps scrape. But what looks comically terrifying from outside feels perfectly safe within an interior snug enough to ensure you aren’t thrown about. It’s basic, but all the essentials are here – and if you want the wind in your hair, the roof rolls completely back. Plus these cars cost next to nothing to run.

    Prices start at around £14,000 for an entirely ‘new’ 2CV. Restored (rather than completely rebuilt) machines are a fair bit cheaper. For 2013 The 2CV Shop will be offering the same rebuild service on Citroën Meharis. ‘Give us a call,’ says Darren. ‘We can do just about anything – and we love a challenge.’

    // The Citröen 2CV Shop, Warminster, Wiltshire BA12 7BZ, UK. www.the2cvshop.co.uk, +44 (0)1985 841327.
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    Sam Dawson

    The Pilgrimage 1958 Citroën 2CV4 Rustic adventure

    Posted in Cars on 03.02.2017

    The Pilgrimage. Great drives to meet marque gurus. Citroën 2CV4 Rustic adventure in a rare survivor  ‘The most modest journeys feel like daunting adventures in a 2CV’ We take a trip to see a parts-hoarding Citroën 2CV expert in one of the earliest examples in the UK. Can you have a great drive in a car that’s incapable of breaking most speed limits? Words Sam Dawson. Photography Alex Tapley.

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    Malcolm McKay

    Buyer’s guide to Citroën 2CV

    Posted in Cars on 06.06.2016

    Buyer’s guide to Citroën’s popular tin snail’ – the evergreen 2CV. Judging by current prices, the ‘ugly duckling’ has grown up to be a classic swan. Malcolm McKay investigates the enduring appeal of the toute petite voiture. Photography Tony Baker.

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    Kristie Bertucci
    2015 #Citroen-2CV-007 - 1 February #Citroen 2CV very special / #Citroen-2CV

    James made little infidelities to Aston Martin. It is, however, happened when, for the sake of Carole Bouquet, he had to take the wheel of a 2CV to escape his pursuers who led the hunt with sedans 504. It was in #1981 , to accompany the release of For Your Eyes Only, 500 2 Special CV6 have received specific decor, a yellow tint Helios will be then taken up by the Charleston and rectangular headlights borrowed from a club.

    But do not expect to repeat the stunts she succeeds: the frame was that of a Super Friend, engine borrowed from a #Citroen-GS , and she had skis protection and Koni shock absorbers. The "007" proposed by Citroën offers none of that. Just a few stickers to roll different. And it works!
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