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Citroen 2CV

Citroen 2CV Published: 24th Jul 2019 - 0 Comments - Be the first, contribute now!

Citroen 2CV
Citroen 2CV
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Why should I buy one?

Citroën’s 2CV is one of those classics where it’s not so much a car but a way of life – sometimes for life. Before the eco warriors got hold of this Citroën as a statement the car, for a long time, made its mark with penny-wise practicality – that well earned character aspect came much later. There’s many sides to Citroën; 2CVs; they can make a logical commuter car, family hack and school run special as much as a fun and frugal classic – in other words it’s a classic that can earn it keep although the 2CV is a ‘Marmite’ car which you either love or hate with equal passion.

What can I get?

The 70-year history of the 2CV can be extremely confusing but suffice to say that although the Deux Chevaux that finally left the production line in 1990 was a more powerful and far more comfortable vehicle than the Citroën displayed at the 1948 Paris Salon, it remained essentially the same car. The best models are post 1976 and preferably those produced from 1990 where front disc brakes and hydraulic front dampers (to match the rears) were fitted. Best are the 2CV6, Special and Charleston or the higher-spec Club.

Worthy additions to the 2CV family are the larger Ami and Dyane ranges marketed in the UK since 1967. The Dyane ran up to 1985 while the Ami’s last hurrah was the Super of 1972, now powered by a perky 1015cc air-cooled engine taken from the GS, making the Ami a genuinely quick, giant killing Q Car for its day.

What are they like to drive?

Three cars but one of the same once behind the wheel. Even though progress is relaxed at best, it’s easy to maintain a fair speed as you whizz round country bends in confidence – even if the roll angles are somewhat alarming for any onlooker who will assume that the car is about to turn turtle! Those amazing cornering antics are courtesy of an ultra-soft suspension, and it’s this which gives these Citroëns their fabulous ride. To go with that is an amount of grip you wouldn’t have thought possible from such narrow tyres – some mountain bikes wear wider tyres! The 602cc is sluggish but not too bad on faster roads once wound up to cruising speed although overtaking needs a lot of road as well as forward thinking. That odd dash-mounted gear lever also needs familiarising with, yet becomes second nature once you’re used to it. Unlike the Renault 4, a full length fabric sunroof comes as standard.

What are they like to live with?

Apart from excellent diesel-like economy, spares and repairs are also inexpensive with new chassis also available for £400. However, while the 2CV was designed with DIY in mind, some jobs can be a bind and need special tools. 2CVs are now sought after with prices now exceeding five figures for top ones and there’s a handful of specialists who not only repair and service them, but will also build a new one to your spec so you virtually have a brand new classic. For example, if you’ve got a car that’s in fair nick, 2CV City can treat it to a partial rebuild for a reasonable sum.

We reckon

Frugal motoring has never been so much fun than with the 2CV but it’s a classic that certainly won’t impress the neighbours! Yet as workhorse and second run-around they make great sense, as does the roomier, cheaper Dyane.

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