1962 Citroën 2CV Sahara 4x4  Chassis no. 0449 Engine no. 05400113 and 0540094

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Lot 331
1962 Citroën 2CV Sahara 4x4
Chassis no. 0449 Engine no. 05400113 and 0540094

Sold for US$ 93,600 inc. premium
1962 Citroën 2CV Sahara 4x4
Chassis no. 0449
Engine no. 05400113 and 0540094
On the face of it, a 4x4 with two complete engines and drive trains seems like a crude approach to an off-road vehicle. On the other hand, it minimizes development costs for the manufacturer, eliminates the complicated transfer case and provides greater reliability, should one of the engines fail. For Citroën in the late 1950s, it seemed a logical approach to making an off-road utility from their already-versatile 2CV. The concept was not unknown. Walter Christie, the American pioneer of front-wheel drive, had built a race car in that image in 1906. Moreover, the British followed Citroën’s lead with a “Twini” version of the Mini Moke, intended for military use, a few years later.

The recipe was simple: a second 2CV power train adapted to the rear end of the vehicle. Actual development was done by Panhard, recently taken over by Citroën. The two clutches operated from a single hydraulic supply and the transmissions were controlled through a single lever. The 425cc engines started and operated separately, which allowed one to be turned off for greater economy. The suspension was beefed up and larger tires were fitted. The whole package, while exhibiting some idiosyncrasies, operated well and was effective in its job. Most of the 694 built were used by the Spanish police or for rescue work in the Alps. They were typically driven hard, so finding a solid Sahara, let alone an excellent one, is difficult.

Originally owned by an Israeli oil company, this Citroën Sahara was discovered in sound condition but lacking both its engines. Another complete Sahara was located, and its engines transplanted into this shell, along with some parts from another standard 2CV. The restoration took about three years and resulted in the excellent vehicle seen here. It has been featured in several articles, including a complete test in the British magazine Classic Cars. In a private collection for the last five years, it is offered ready to display, drive or depart on safari.
1962 Citroën 2CV Sahara 4x4  Chassis no. 0449 Engine no. 05400113 and 0540094
1962 Citroën 2CV Sahara 4x4  Chassis no. 0449 Engine no. 05400113 and 0540094
1962 Citroën 2CV Sahara 4x4  Chassis no. 0449 Engine no. 05400113 and 0540094
1962 Citroën 2CV Sahara 4x4  Chassis no. 0449 Engine no. 05400113 and 0540094
1962 Citroën 2CV Sahara 4x4  Chassis no. 0449 Engine no. 05400113 and 0540094
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