After World War II, European automakers vied to put their nations’ populations back on wheels with cheap, reliable cars. The result was small vehicles that notably defined the characters of the countries in which they were built, much as the Ford Model T had defined popular motoring in America decades before.
In Germany, it was the innovative Volkswagen Beetle, which wound up being a worldwide phenomenon. In the UK, it was the Morris Minor, and in Italy, the Fiat 500 (not to mention legions of Vespa scooters).
Meanwhile, Citroen of France was concocting something that not only would transport people in urban centers but serve as rugged everyday vehicles for farmers. The 2CV was derived with a suspension so flexible, it was said, that one could be filled with fresh eggs, then driven across a plowed field without cracking a single shell.
The Pick of the Day is a 1966 Citroen 2CV (deux chevaux in French, meaning “two horses”) that has been lavishly restored, according to the Fayetteville, Georgia, dealers advertising the car on ClassicCars.com.
“This is an absolutely gorgeous completely restored Citroen that will get more attention than any car you have ever owned,” the dealer says in the ad.
Looking every bit like a garden shed on wheels, the exceedingly simple 2CV is powered by an air-cooled opposed-twin engine driving the front wheels. Shifting the 4-speed transmission is done via a lever that sticks straight out from the dashboard.
While restored to original, the 2CV has received a transplant of a later 600cc engine, which deploys a resounding 29 horsepower. Since the car weighs only about 1,300 pounds, that’s enough to get it out of its own way, but just.
The Citroen’s paint and interior are in perfect condition, the seller says, and the 2CV is ready to be driven and enjoyed. All mechanical parts have been refurbished and everything is working, the dealer adds, with the exception of the speedometer that needs its cable hooked up. Seems like a simple-enough repair that the dealer would have done already.
The asking price is $18,900.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.