I bought this car in March 2011 from my Mechanic, who told me that one of his customers, who had this car for 5 years and never really drove it, but serviced it every year. Technically it was in a very good condition, just the paintwork (a grey Charlston livery) looked a bit sun battered and dull. Unfortunately not soon after a 3 days old Mercedes SLK crossed my way, and I had a almost head on collision with the Merc.Unfortunately the 2 CV sort of folded like a piece of Alloyfoil around the Mercs front Tyre. The car was a complete writeoff.But due to the rising value of these cars and the good technical state the car was in, the insurance amount paid out was so much higher then the amount I paid, I quickly made the decission to rebuild this car completely. I decided against the original Charlston Livery, instead using the same colour sheme we used on the Aston Martin DB6 Restoration Project.That in mind was the birth of the idea to use the original seat pattern but with leather instead of canvas. Chrome bumpers Mirrors and whipers together with a canvas roof instead of PVC, made this car truly a "Special" The engine was overhauled and serviced. Now this 2CV truly has the looks and is a headturner everywhere you go.
Pierre Jules Boulanger took charge of Citroën in 1935 and had the idea to create a car for social classes with low income. He wanted something simple and practical that could transport people and their goods on any terrain in an economical way.Boulanger wrote the specifications, mentioning he wanted "to make a car that can carry four people and 50kg of potatoes or a keg, at a maximum speed of 60 km/h, with a consumption of 3 litres per hundred kilometres and low maintenance costs."
He enrolled André Lefebvre as engineer and Flaminio Bertoni, nicknamed "golden fingers", as stylist. The project was named TPV meaning 'very small car'.
At first, a single-cylinder engine was considered before deciding on a twin-cylinder, air-cooled unit. The suspension used a torsion rod bundle, rubber blocks, vertical or horizontal springs and hydropneumatic. The start-up was performed, according to prototypes, by a crank and twine starter.
On 2 September 1939, the first prototype was ready to be shown. Unfortunately, several days later, the Second World War was declared and the assembly line used for military equipment. Development continued in private. The air-cooled engine was chosen along with a 4-speed overdrive. The suspension combined lateral interaction and drummers for each wheel and the main brake links to the rear axle. The equipment becomes more practical with a second headlight, an electric starter and conventional seats.In October 1948, the first 2CV was presented at the Paris Motor Show. To begin with opinions were divided, but eventually it became the star of the show. Production started in June 1949 and named 2CV A, it's a real success. The press were full of praise on 2CV's ease of use and robustness. In 1951, a van version of the 2CV was launched, it weighed 250 kg with a 375 cm3 engine.
In 1956, the AZL - "L" for luxury - was launched with a large rear window, a large soft top in synthetic fabric and trims with striped cloth seats. Ten years after its appearance, 2CV had a different look: a blue glacier colour, 380mm steering wheels and a new dashboard.
In February 1989, the French production line stopped. With 5,114,940 2CV vehicles produced worldwide, 2CV is an iconic car and a symbol of joy!
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