Mods and Con­se­quences

Citroen 2CV

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Contents - Richard Dredge

One of the most basic util­ity cars ever cre­ated, the Citroën 2CV is ripe for im­prove­ments. All 2CVs were fit­ted with an air-cooled flat-twin engine and a four-speed manual gear­box. The first 2CVs had a 375cc engine, in­creased to 425cc in 1954. From 1963 un­til the end of pro­duc­tion there was a 602cc pow­er­plant and it’s this edi­tion that’s by far the most com­mon, while most 2CVs have disc front brakes; th­ese were fit­ted to all cars from 1982, re­plac­ing the pre­vi­ous drums.

Pete Spar­row has spent the past 30 years build­ing go-faster 2CVs. ‘It’s ex­pen­sive ex­tract­ing sig­nif­i­cant power from the Citroën flat-twins while the four-cylin­der en­gines are heavy and out­dated,’ he says. ‘I’ve de­vel­oped a kit based on a BMW R- Se­ries flat-twin mo­tor­cy­cle engine with a choice of power out­puts be­tween 70bhp and 100bhp. You can choose from sin­gle- or twin-spark ver­sions from 850cc to 1150cc, and ei­ther stan­dard 2CV late-style gear­boxes or four-/five-speed Citroën GS/GSA gear­boxes with a Visa 652cc bell hous­ing.’

The kit costs £840 but you’ll have to source your own engine, starter mo­tor, clutch, oil cooler and ex­haust on top of this – ex­pect to add an­other £2000 to your bud­get.

Se­rial 2CV mod­der, Alex de Vries, says it’s cheap to give a 2CV go-kart han­dling. ‘ You just wind the tie-rods out, which low­ers the car,’ he says. ‘ You need to cut and turn the ends of the front swing arms so you don’t get bump steer and you can fit up­rated coil springs along with ad­justable dampers. The dampers work the op­po­site way round to nor­mal; when they’re ex­tended the sus­pen­sion is com­press­ing so that’s where the damp­ing needs to be. Also you can band the orig­i­nal steel wheels by 1.5 inches and fit 175/65 R15 tyres.’

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