Cit­roën 2CV

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Andy Tal­bot

EN­GINE 602cc/2-cyl/OHV POWER 29bhp@5750rpm TORQUE 28lb ft@3500rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 71mph 0-60MPH 35sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 46-50mpg TRANS­MIS­SION FWD, four-speed man­ual MoT April 2018 MILEAGE 107,050 miles


This lit­tle 2CV may be Spe­cial by name, but that de­scrip­tion doesn’t carry through to its ac­cel­er­a­tion, though it in­creases speed ea­gerly enough. The gears are typ­i­cally hard to find find and de­mand prac­tice to mas­ter, but that’s all part of the fun; fa­mil­iari­sa­tion makes the shifts clean and pre­cise. Brakes are ad­e­quate and stop the car in a straight line. Steer­ing is light, but gives the driver the feel of the road, though rather less so at higher speeds. Soft and for­giv­ing sus­pen­sion pro­duces char­ac­ter­is­tic body lean in cor­ners, but a qual­ity ride. The re­con­di­tioned en­gine runs sweetly and the idle is steady.


A restora­tion was car­ried out in 1996 with other work, in­clud­ing the floors, un­der whee­larches and boot floor be­ing re­paired and re­newed through­out the 2000s. Re­ceipts show that a new chas­sis has been fit­ted and the car looks solid. The ex­e­cu­tion of body re­pairs isn’t as neat as it could be and there is po­ten­tial for im­prove­ment and tidy­ing con­cern­ing paint over­spray and a few un­tidy pan­els – part of an older floor re­pair, for ex­am­ple. The paint fin­ish is good in some ar­eas and the com­bi­na­tion of red paint and a red and white roof is pretty and eye-catch­ing. The fold­ing roof fab­ric is in very good or­der and works as it should.


There are a cou­ple of is­sues to sort in here. The 1990s Pi­o­neer stereo has some ugly ex­posed wiring (though that should eas­ily be sorted) and a piece of par­cel shelf trim is com­ing away. The orig­i­nal spongy, quilted style seat fab­ric is cov­ered by af­ter­mar­ket seat cov­ers. Th­ese could be cleaned as they are in fair con­di­tion, with no rips, though it’s pos­si­ble that they are in need of some re-pad­ding. A non-stan­dard heated rear win­dow has been added, along with a dash panel switch. The cor­rect black rub­ber floor mats are in good con­di­tion and add to the util­i­tar­ian feel of the cabin. The boot area is clean, tidy and rust-free.


The his­tory file con­tains re­ceipts for over £6000, many of them from a known 2CV spe­cial­ist. The list of re­pairs and work car­ried over the years is vast, in­clud­ing a change of en­gine and gear­box and fit­ment of a new Wax­oyled chas­sis in 1996. The work­man­like en­gine bay is dec­o­rated with at a few years’ worth of grime but the en­gine ap­pears to be free from leaks. The Varta bat­tery is a re­cent ad­di­tion.


This is a good en­try into the 2CV market and a us­able clas­sic in terms of fuel econ­omy and fun fac­tor. A ton of money has been thrown at this lit­tle Cit­roën, and while there is still work for its next owner to carry out – with room for tidy­ing body­work and fin­ish­ing in a few ar­eas – it is cer­tainly solid.

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