News: Twin-en­gined Citroën 2CV ex­pected to fetch £60k at auc­tion

Su­per-rare Citroën ex­pected to fetch £60,000-plus at auc­tion

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ACitroën 2CV Sa­hara that com­pleted a 4000-mile trip from Nige­ria to the UK will be of­fered at Clas­sic Car Auc­tions’ next sale, with an es­ti­mate of £60,000-£65,000. The car will be sold at the Prac­ti­cal

Clas­sics Clas­sic Car and Restora­tion Show at the NEC, which runs from 31 March to 2 April (view­ing is on March 31, with the sale it­self on the fol­low­ing two days). It’s one of 694 Sa­ha­ras made, and is be­lieved to be one of only 100 left, of which 30 are thought to be in work­ing con­di­tion.

The twin-en­gined 2CV was reg­is­tered in Nige­ria in De­cem­ber 1965 and be­longed to an English­man work­ing there as an an­thro­pol­o­gist. He needed four-wheel drive but didn’t want a Land Rover.

The Sa­hara fea­tures two 425cc en­gines, one pow­er­ing each axle. Both en­gines were op­er­ated by a sin­gle clutch, gear­lever and ac­cel­er­a­tor, pro­vid­ing four-wheeldrive ca­pa­bil­ity.

The orig­i­nal owner’s time in Nige­ria was brought to an end by the Civil War in 1967. This prompted the trip back to the UK via the Sa­hara Desert from which the car is named. Sand­storms, ex­treme ter­rain and a bro­ken hy­draulic pipe were just three of the chal­lenges the 2CV over­came.

Re­cent ex­am­ples sold for £114,584 (2012) and £154,780 (2016), so there should be a con­sid­er­able buzz of ex­cited an­tic­i­pa­tion in the room when this car’s lot num­ber is fi­nally called.

Nigel Gough of Clas­sic Car Auc­tions (CCA) con­signed the car. He says: ‘It’s priced very keenly and it has gen­er­ated loads of in­ter­est. It’s a rar­efied mar­ket, but there are a few peo­ple out there who know ex­actly what it’s worth. This ex­am­ple’s not con­cours con­di­tion, but it’s all the bet­ter for it. ‘ We have an in­ter­na­tional au­di­ence – it may well leave the UK.’

The 2CV will be sold with its orig­i­nal front en­gine, re­place­ment crank­shaft and crank­case halves, as well as the orig­i­nal doc­u­men­ta­tion from its time in Nige­ria.

Both 425cc en­gines are in­de­pen­dent units with their own gear­boxes, fuel tanks and starter but­tons.

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