The Citroën 2CV or ‘deux chevaux’ (two horsepower) was an economy car produced by the French car maker Citroën from 1948-1990. It was technologically advanced and innovative but with uncompromisingly utilitarian and unconventional looks. Its deceptively simple Bauhaus inspired bodywork belied the sheer quality of its underly- ing engineering. It was designed to move the French peasantry on from horses and carts and is considered one of Citroën’s most iconic cars. In 1953, ‘Autocar’ in a techni- cal review of the car, wrote of, “…the extraordinary ingenuity of this design, which is undoubtedly the most original since the Model T Ford”.
It was described by CAR magazine journalist and author L. Setright as “the most in- telligent application of minimalism ever to succeed as a car.” It was designed for low cost, simplicity of use, versatility, reliability, and off-road driving. For this it had a light, easily serviceable engine, extremely soft, long travel suspension (with adjustable ride height), high ground clearance and for oversized loads, a car-wide canvas sunroof.
This fantastically original 2CV, finished in its original colour of Blue Celeste, is present- ed in nice unrestored condition, having had just two French owners from new. First registered to the dry climate of the South of France, this 2CV has recently benefitted from a new roof, seats and new tyres all round.
These 2CVs are great fun and are a wonderfully usable classic icon.