Niort hails the Deux Che­vaux

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More than 40 Citroën 2CVS – plus their Méhari, Dyane and Ami re­la­tions – from across the west of France gath­ered in Niort for their an­nual meet­ing and rally.

Citroën 2CV A

Fabrice The­baud’s 1958 model A (be­low) stood out from all the im­mac­u­lately re­stored ex­am­ples – for its to­tal lack of restora­tion. ‘I bought the car three years ago in ex­actly the con­di­tion you now see it,’ he ex­plained. It had been worked hard. The en­gine had been main­tained but its body had been ig­nored for more than 50 years. I’ve kept the car ex­actly as it was ex­cept chang­ing the car­bu­ret­tor, starter mo­tor and fuel pump. But the rust is only sur­face deep and I’ve con­served that care­fully’.

Citroën 2CV AZSIE

Life­long 2CV fan Gil Marie was at Niort with his 1958 AZSIE (above). ‘I chose it be­cause of its the orig­i­nal 375cc en­gine, sui­cide doors and rare boot lid panel.

‘It’s had only two pre­vi­ous own­ers and the first had it for 50 years. In 2003 its en­gine was to­tally re­built. I bought it in 2009 from a collector in Thouars, who had re­stored and re­painted its body­work.’

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