1986 CITROEN 2CV SPECIAL
Registration Number: C992 ECK
Chassis Number: VF7AZKA00KA079366
- Subject to a much restoration work
- Finished in a classic Custard and Plum colour scheme
The Citroën 2CV or ‘deux chevaux’ (two horsepower) was an economy car produced by the French car maker Citroën from 1948-1990. It was technologically advanced and innovative but with uncompromisingly utilitarian and unconventional looks. Its deceptively simple Bauhaus inspired bodywork belied the sheer quality of its underlying engineering. It was designed to move the French peasantry on from horses and carts and is considered one of Citroën’s most iconic cars. In 1953, ‘Autocar’ in a technical review of the car, wrote of, “…the extraordinary ingenuity of this design, which is undoubtedly the most original since the Model T Ford”.
It was described by CAR magazine journalist and author L. Setright as “the most intelligent application of minimalism ever to succeed as a car.” It was designed for low cost, simplicity of use, versatility, reliability, and off-road driving. For this it had a light, easily serviceable engine, extremely soft, long travel suspension (with adjustable ride height), high ground clearance and for oversized loads, a car-wide canvas sunroof.
This delightful 1986 2CV Special has clearly been loved over the years, as shown by various service bills and detailed handwritten notes illustrating maintenance dating back to the early 1990s. More recently the 2CV has benefitted from detailed restoration works, using as the basic a replacement chassis, new panels, mechanical components and other items as required. Several pages of invoices detail the various items acquired during the restoration.
The 2CV is finished very nicely in two-tone Custard over Plum, with a burgundy convertible roof and bright yellow retrimmed seating. These 2CVs are great fun, and a wonderfully usable classic icon, and none more so than this nicely restored example. Offered with a history file of bills and correspondence, older registration documents and current UK MoT certificate, this charming ‘deux chevaux’ comes highly recommended.