1956 Citroen 2 CV
Lot 178Ω
From a prominent European Collection,1956 Citroen 2CV Chassis no. 312695
Sold for US$ 20,900 inc. premium

Lot Details
1956 Citroen 2 CV 1956 Citroen 2 CV 1956 Citroen 2 CV 1956 Citroen 2 CV
From a prominent European Collection
1956 Citroen 2CV
Chassis no. 312695
435cc Opposed 2-Cylinder Air Cooled Engine
Single Downdraft Carburetor
12bhp at 3600rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes

*Beautiful and authentically restored example
*Desirable early "ripple bonnet" example
*Great fun to own and drive
*One of the motoring icons of the 20th century
*Early examples seldom seen in America



The Citroen 2CV

Ranking alongside the Volkswagen Beetle, Mini and Land Rover as one of the classic mass-produced cars of the post-war era, Citroen's quirky 2CV debuted in 1949. Intended to provide basic transport in a period of post-war austerity, the 2CV outlived its humble beginnings, going on to attain cult status as the favored car of the environmentally-concerned motorist. Although the original 375cc air-cooled flat-twin engine grew, eventually, to 602cc, the 2CV's performance remained modest at around 110km/h flat-out, not that that concerned the majority of its devotees for whom the roomy interior, full-length sunroof and frugal fuel consumption were of far greater importance. The 2CV was built in civilian, military and commercial versions, the latter - a small delivery van - being known as the 'Fourgonette', which was first seen in 1951. By the time production ceased in 1990 more than five million 2CVs of all types had been made.


The Motorcar Offered

This delightful 2CV is stunningly restored to a high standard of authenticity. It is the desirable and best looking early type with the "rippled bonnet", the most pure iteration, true to the original form; these were produced through 1959. Finished in the signature Citroen grey with a charming blue and yellow tartan cloth interior, the 2CV also has the full-length fabric roof, allowing for plein air four-passenger motoring when desired, but with full weather protection if needed.

The Citroen's restoration is quite fresh and the car has spent most of the last five years as part of a prominent European collection. As a result the car has been well looked after and presents very nicely. Used only sparingly in the last few years the Citroen is reported to be in fine operational condition. This a rare chance to acquire a wonderfully presented example of the charming early deux chevaux.

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