Review of used Citroen 2CV
He has a Mini, a German Beetle, but France also has its iconic medium, Citroen 2CV and ‘Tin Snail’ affectionately known as having just turned 60. 2CV is as famous as France as the Eiffel Tower, baguette and champagne moet.
Like Mini and VW, 2CV was born to meet the needs of small, economical and affordable transportation. It is not only all, but also become a popular motorcycle icon in the same way Mini and Beetle did. 2CV is probably also known as the other two here because it is sold here in the same volume as the other two, but it has a worldwide power and a small, but loyal team here. .
2CV first appeared at the Paris Motor Show in 1948, but it was well conducted before World War 2, the war delayed the introduction only. When the idea of 2CV was cherished, motorcycles were still something that only the rich could enjoy. Ownership of cars has yet to reach the public, but some visionary driving pioneers have realized that money is made if you can create a car that the masses can afford. .
Henry Ford had his Model T, Herbert Austin, Seven, Hitler really wanted a wagon for his people, and Citroen was hatching 2CV. All have the same purpose in mind. Their cars must be light, easy to produce, economical and affordable.
Citroen’s plan is to produce a four-seater vehicle with a maximum speed of 50 km / h, one that will operate 100 km with five liters of fuel, and will be cheap to produce and maintain. 2CV was a reality in 1939, but the outbreak of war saw it cause serious consequences because the French had more important things in their minds.
It was finally launched in 1948. It was originally used for its modest performance and poor finish, but that prevented the French from buying it. Too high is demand without time, there is a long five-year waiting list.
As Porsche knew when he developed the Beetle for Hitler aerodynamics is very important when you have a small engine, and 2CV designers also realized that they must have the shape to cut through the air effectively. Therefore, while the VW looks like a beetle, Citroen has the shape of a snail. With the slab, the circular section, the awning and the cover for the windows cannot fall into the small Citroen.
But there’s more to 2CV than a cute shape. It has a four-wheel independent travel suspension, front-wheel drive, internal brakes and a small air-cooled twin-cylinder engine. An intelligent system that connects the front and rear suspensions on each side and helps keep vehicle levels small. It can actually be piloted in a plow field with a basket of eggs in a chair without breaking one of them, as the design brief required. It started with a small 375 cc engine that produced only nine kilowatts, but over the years it has increased to 652 cm3 and its efficiency has increased in line with the increase in engine power.
There have been many 2CV themed variants, including trucks, luxury models, some even went faster than 100 km / h, and one even appeared in a movie. James Bond. Finally, the need for cleaner and better safety engines caught up with 2CV and spelled out its demise. Production eventually ceased in 1990, by which time more than five million were built. Of those, a few were imported and sold here in the 1950s, and one or two were imported in the 1980s. Most of the 300 or so allegedly residing in the country were imported. Private password by people who fall into small car spells.
IN THE STORE
The engines and the 2CV gearbox are quite reliable. The engine has a short crank thanks to its double-cylinder boxer layout, and it runs in rolling bearings so it will happily revolve and run forever. Rust is a 2CV disaster, so look for it, especially in the floor. Poor quality Russian steel was used in the 1970s and cars from that period tended to be more affected than most from the fearsome tin worm.
While some parts are available in Australia, there are parts available from overseas suppliers that can be contacted via the Internet. Clubs are also a good source of information and parts. Visit www.citroenclassic.org.au for more information.
IN A CREDIT
Demand for safe cars is one of the reasons 2CV died; So don’t expect anything in the way of an airbag or ABS brakes in a small Citroen. It can be used for everyday traffic if you’re well aware of its shortcomings, but it’s probably best to leave a nice trip on a sunny day when its more adorable features can. enjoy the best. There are few cars more frugal than 2CV. Owners talk about five liters or more than 100 liters, which is the Toyota Prius hybrid number in terms of today.
Alison Harvey loves her 2CV Dolly, whom she has owned for 15 years. It was her first car and she hoped it would be her last car because there was nothing else like it. Alison brought it to Australia 10 years ago, mostly as an investment, but she knew she could never break up with it. A flat battery doesn’t matter, she just takes the handle and turns away! Who needs air conditioning on a sunny day when you can just turn the roof and have a stylish convertible? When she visits IKEA, there is no need for a trailer or a wagon, she just needs to take out the seat and any flat size will fit. Similarly, during picnics she can take out chairs so she doesn’t have to pack camping chairs! It glides along wavy roads, hovering around corners, reaching good speeds and making people smile wherever she goes.
In 1976, while working and on vacation in Europe, Don Scutt requested an inexpensive mode of transportation, so he bought a 2CV6. The 2CV covered 25,000 km carrying two adults, two children, luggage and camping equipment and sometimes the third adult. The car was, and still is comfortable, economical, enjoyable to drive and a great way to meet people, and as everyone knows quickly, because on the road, it is always at the top of a crossroads. pine (discouraged)!