1962  Citroen  2CV Sahara 4x4  Chassis no. 217

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Lot 125
1962 Citroen 2CV Sahara 4x4

Sold for € 69,000 (US$ 76,845) inc. premium
1962 Citroen 2CV Sahara 4x4
Chassis no. 217
•Sought-after 4x4 2CV variant
•Restored in Italy in 2015
•Twin-engined rarity
•Registered in Italy


Footnotes

  • Ranking alongside the Volkswagen Beetle, Mini, and Land Rover as one of the classic mass-produced cars of the post-war era, Citroën'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 favoured car of the environmentally concerned motorist. Although the original 375cc air-cooled flat-twin engine grew eventually to 602cc, the 2CV's performance remained relatively 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. It was a sad day for many when the last French-built 2CV left the Levallois factory in 1988, although production continued in Portugal for two more years.

    One of the more unusual of the many 2CV variants, and certainly among the most collectible today, is the four-wheel drive 'Sahara' which, unusually, used a second engine to drive the rear wheels. This ingenious means of providing all-wheel drive had already been tried by some Citroën dealers, and by the end of the 1950s the factory had decided to produce its official version, which was intended mainly for use in the rough desert terrain of France's North African colonies. The first prototypes were shown to the motoring press in 1958, with production proper commencing in December 1960. As well as the additional engine, the Sahara featured a special chassis, reinforced suspension, wider wheel rims, twin fuel tanks (beneath the front seats) and countless other modifications to enable the car to cope with difficult terrain and climate. In 1962, following Algeria's independence, Citroën dropped the 'Sahara' name and the car became the '2CV 4x4'. It is estimated that approximately 700 of both designations were built.

    The vendor informs us that this delightful Citroën 2CV Sahara was treated to a comprehensive restoration in Italy in 2015, and describes the car as in generally excellent condition. The typical grey livery is complemented by the white and grey striped interior. Resident in Italy for many years, the car has been registered in the province of Perugia in Umbria since 1975 and before then resided in Terni, between Perugia and Rome.

    These twin-engined 2CVs rarely come to the market, and this beautifully presented example is worthy of the closest inspection. Ready for its next adventure, the car is offered with Italian registration documents, an ASI certificate, and a quantity of restoration photographs.

    Citroën 2 CV Sahara 4x4 1962
    Châssis n° 217

    •Variante 4x4 de la 2 CV, très recherchée
    •Restaurée en Italie en 2015
    •Rare architecture à deux moteurs
    •Immatriculée en Italie

    L'excentrique 2 CV de Citroën, lancée en 1949, fait partie des grands classiques de la production de série d'après-guerre, tout comme la Coccinelle de Volkswagen, la Mini et la Land Rover. Conçue comme moyen de transport basique dans l'austérité de l'après-guerre, la 2 CV s'est extraite de ses modestes débuts pour devenir une icône privilégiée par les automobilistes soucieux de l'environnement. Même si son moteur refroidi par air, parti de 375 cm3, a fini par atteindre les 602 cm3, ses performances sont restées assez modestes, limitées à un bon 110 km/h, sans que cela perturbe la majorité de ses adeptes pour qui son intérieur spacieux, son toit ouvrant intégral et sa frugalité en essence comptaient beaucoup plus. En 1988, ce fut pour beaucoup un bien triste jour que celui où la dernière 2 CV construite en France sortit de l'usine de Levallois, même si sa production s'est poursuivie au Portugal pendant deux ans.

    L'une des plus inhabituelles parmi les nombreuses variantes de 2 CV, et certainement aujourd'hui la plus digne d'être collectionnée, est la 4x4 "Sahara" qui, de façon non conventionnelle, faisait appel à un deuxième moteur pour entraîner le train arrière. Cette ingénieuse façon d'obtenir quatre roues motrices avait déjà été tentée par quelques concessionnaires Citroën et, à la fin des années 1950, la marque décida de mettre en production sa version officielle, qui était avant tout destinée aux dures routes du désert dans les colonies françaises d'Afrique du Nord. Ses premiers prototypes furent montrés à la presse automobile en 1958, et sa production démarra pour de bon en décembre 1960. En plus de son deuxième moteur, la Sahara était dotée d'un soubassement spécial, de suspensions renforcées, de jantes élargies, de deux réservoirs d'essence (derrière les sièges avant) et d'innombrables autres modifications destinées à lui permettre d'affronter les difficultés du terrain et du climat. En 1962, après l'indépendance de l'Algérie, Citroën abandonna l'appellation "Sahara" au profit de "2 CV 4x4". On estime à environ 700 le nombre de voitures produites, sous les deux appellations.

    Son vendeur nous informe que cette merveilleuse Citroën 2 CV Sahara a bénéficié d'une restauration complète en 2015, en Italie, et il la donne pour être en excellent état général. Sa teinte grise typique se marie avec un intérieur rayé gris et blanc. La voiture se trouve en Italie depuis de nombreuses années ; elle est immatriculée dans la province de Pérouse (Ombrie) depuis 1975 et, auparavant, était basée à Terni, entre Pérouse et Rome.
    Ces 2 CV à deux moteurs sont rarement mises en vente, et cet exemplaire admirablement présenté mérite d'être regardé de près. La voiture est prête pour de prochaines aventures ; elle est proposée avec ses documents d'immatriculation italiens, un certificat de l'ASI et de nombreuses photos de sa restauration.
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1962  Citroen  2CV Sahara 4x4  Chassis no. 217
1962  Citroen  2CV Sahara 4x4  Chassis no. 217
1962  Citroen  2CV Sahara 4x4  Chassis no. 217
1962  Citroen  2CV Sahara 4x4  Chassis no. 217
1962  Citroen  2CV Sahara 4x4  Chassis no. 217
1962  Citroen  2CV Sahara 4x4  Chassis no. 217
1962  Citroen  2CV Sahara 4x4  Chassis no. 217
1962  Citroen  2CV Sahara 4x4  Chassis no. 217
1962  Citroen  2CV Sahara 4x4  Chassis no. 217
1962  Citroen  2CV Sahara 4x4  Chassis no. 217
1962  Citroen  2CV Sahara 4x4  Chassis no. 217
1962  Citroen  2CV Sahara 4x4  Chassis no. 217
1962  Citroen  2CV Sahara 4x4  Chassis no. 217
1962  Citroen  2CV Sahara 4x4  Chassis no. 217
1962  Citroen  2CV Sahara 4x4  Chassis no. 217
1962  Citroen  2CV Sahara 4x4  Chassis no. 217
1962  Citroen  2CV Sahara 4x4  Chassis no. 217
1962  Citroen  2CV Sahara 4x4  Chassis no. 217
1962  Citroen  2CV Sahara 4x4  Chassis no. 217
1962  Citroen  2CV Sahara 4x4  Chassis no. 217
1962  Citroen  2CV Sahara 4x4  Chassis no. 217
1962  Citroen  2CV Sahara 4x4  Chassis no. 217
1962  Citroen  2CV Sahara 4x4  Chassis no. 217
1962  Citroen  2CV Sahara 4x4  Chassis no. 217
1962  Citroen  2CV Sahara 4x4  Chassis no. 217
1962  Citroen  2CV Sahara 4x4  Chassis no. 217
1962  Citroen  2CV Sahara 4x4  Chassis no. 217
1962  Citroen  2CV Sahara 4x4  Chassis no. 217
1962  Citroen  2CV Sahara 4x4  Chassis no. 217
1962  Citroen  2CV Sahara 4x4  Chassis no. 217
1962  Citroen  2CV Sahara 4x4  Chassis no. 217
1962  Citroen  2CV Sahara 4x4  Chassis no. 217
1962  Citroen  2CV Sahara 4x4  Chassis no. 217
1962  Citroen  2CV Sahara 4x4  Chassis no. 217
1962  Citroen  2CV Sahara 4x4  Chassis no. 217
1962  Citroen  2CV Sahara 4x4  Chassis no. 217
1962  Citroen  2CV Sahara 4x4  Chassis no. 217
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