Lot 177 - 1956 Citroën 2CV Van
|Result||Sold - £11,603|
Ranking alongside the Volkswagen Beetle, Mini and Land Rover as one of the classic mass-produced cars of the post-war era, Citroën's quirky 2CV debuted in 1949. Intended to provide basic transport in a period of post-war austerity, the 2CV outlived its humble beginnings, going on to attain cult status as the favoured car of the environmentally concerned motorist. Although the original 375cc air-cooled flat-twin engine grew, eventually, to 602cc, the 2CV's performance remained modest at around 70mph flat-out, not that that concerned the majority of its devotees for whom the roomy interior, full-length sunroof and frugal fuel consumption were of far greater importance. The 2CV was built in civilian, military and commercial versions, the latter - a small delivery van - being known as the 'Fourgonette', which was first seen in 1951. By the time production ceased in 1990 more than 5 million 2CVs of all types had been made.
This left hand drive example of this iconic French model is presented in the state in which it was found in a barn in 2006 in France. The car was then imported to the UK when the body was then removed from the chassis. The floors and sills were replaced together with a new bulkhead and toe board – which are the parts that normally rot on these vehicles. The body was then refitted to the sound, original chassis and the body was left exactly as it was. The engine is running but the car is currently SORN however it does come with a V5 registration document. A fun potential commercial vehicle or just to potter around in but we suggest an element of recommissioning would be a good idea.
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