‘The Ta­tra is the only Uk-reg­is­tered ex­am­ple’

1989 Citroën 2CV6 Spe­cial Dolly Ste Ap­ple­gate, Northants 1936 Ta­tra T97 Ian Tis­dale, Lon­don

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Ste: The Citroën has been owned by my god­fa­ther and I for about 10 years now, after pre­vi­ously hav­ing sev­eral dif­fer­ent 2CVS and a Lo­max. We found this lit­tle beauty ad­ver­tised for sale for about £1000. It has been a long-term, on­go­ing rolling restora­tion project for us over the years… in the sense that it keeps break­ing and we have to keep adding re­place­ment bits to it. My Citroën is nor­mally the joke at the Hagerty In­sur­ance of­fice where I work, as is my in­ter­est in weird and quirky cars that no­body else likes. How­ever, I wouldn’t trade the 2CV for any other car now. Its punchy 602cc en­gine will zip along the road but it is the time­less look of the plucky French tin snail that I love most. It’s a typ­i­cal Mar­mite car, you ei­ther love them or hate them… but most peo­ple love them. Ian: My 1938 Ta­tra T97 isn’t quite what most peo­ple imag­ine or ex­pect. It was bought eight years ago with four­teen (yes, four­teen!) more lay­ers of paint than it wears to­day and was in dire need of a thor­ough recom­mis­sion­ing. It has an over­head-cam 1.7-litre air-cooled flat-four in the tail rather than the ex­pected V8. De­spite decades of mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion it’s no peo­ple’s car pre­cur­sor. Only 510 cars were built, all of them en­tirely hand-made – the doors are ash-framed with ca­ble and turn­buckle ten­sion­ing – and they sold for nearly six times the planned cost of the Volk­swa­gen. It has been cam­paigned on many Ger­man and Dutch events, and now with a fully re­built en­gine, it’s the only Uk-reg­is­tered ex­am­ple in ex­is­tence.

Two very dif­fer­ent takes on the air-cooled theme, both beloved by their own­ers.

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