Wednesday, September 17, 2014

10k: Buffet Concerto: 1980 Citroën Dyane Faux Tanker

The bulk of this writer's experience with European car culture has been in eastern France, where draconian laws dictate that classic cars must be original and modification is almost banned.  It isn't as bad as Shanghai, where customizing a car is punishable with hard time in a Uyghur prison camp, but compared to the USA, the customizing scene is pretty tame.  Italy is more of mystery to me (having only spent time there as a tourist) but it seems that the laws must be based on Texas vehicle code and turning your 2CV in a faux tanker truck/buffet is just another weekend filled with welding fumes and cheap Chianti.  Find this 1980 Citroën Dyane Faux Tanker/Buffet offered for 7.200 € ($9,300 at time of printing) in Merano, Italy via Update, I originally called this piece of tanker-art a 2CV per the sellers suggestion, but Jalopnik Editor-in-Citroën Jason Torchinsky pointed out that this is a Dyane...and 2CVhoonage said it might have started as the panel van version of the Dyane, called the Arcadyane.

I don't speak Italian, but I do have some Italian ancestry as well as unverified suggestions that my grandfather was involved in the New York organized crime scene many years ago. The Mafia wasn't really organized per se, and the accusation of oranization was really levyed by overzealous Irish policemen and WASP prosecutors, some of whom form the rest of my ancestry...anyway..I am going to conjure up some of my inner Italian roots to translate the seller's advert without the aid of "free" online translators or formal education.

 2 Cavalli unico al mondo modificato a 3 assi con griglia a carbone e a gas più rimorchio
Hey Paisano, this thing is majorly modified with 3 BBQ grills with gas and a little pork fat

a buffet motore perfettamente funzionante con marmitta tipo US TRUCK suono da invidia assicurata
buffet and motor works perfectly when you add marmot meat.  US TRUCK with individual steering.


Pretzel fusion reactor!!!!



The coolest part of this vehicle has to be the Agip logo, which according to is: The six-legged dog was designed by Luigi Broggini (famous sculptor, designer and painter) in its original form, in 1952. Symbolic meaning of the trademark was disputed a lot, but according to the official explanation of the company, six legs of the imaginary animal are references to an automobile's four wheels and the driver's two legs, while flame coming out from its mouth represents the energy itself. This modern centaur reminds us to legendary figures of the Nibelungen, or to imaginary-real animals of African mythology, with more than the normal number of legs of them signify uncommon strength.

 See a better vehicle for staring a Gourmet Food trailer to free hipsters from their mom's hard earned cash?


  1. Best translation I've ever seen in my life. Maybe not in terms of accuracy, but 10/10 otherwise. Best of DT 2014 winner, calling it now.

    My hovercraft is full of eels

  2. Ah, mais oui! Zis 2CV is, 'ow you say... delicious!

    I like this thing a LOT (but then I am a 2CV owner). Man, if I had this, I would be the coolest kid at our next Citroën owners gathering. Oh, wait, maybe that is an oxymoronic sentence....

    Anyway, it looks like very nice work, based on an Acadiane truckette. I can almost smell the garlic from here.

  3. Here in Italy vehicle laws are very stringent, for sure this thing can't be driven on normal roads.....unless it was re-checked and validated from State Motor Authority as a unique specimen......


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