Monday, July 6, 2015

Le Sami: 1968 Citroen 2CV, Suzuki Frame and SBC

Anything fusion is hot these days, particularly with the foodies.  Imagine you go to a trendy underground restaurant and order "the chef's special" and this thing comes out on your plate.  On the outside it looks like a crêpe, but it is sitting on a bed of seaweed and sticky rice, and it is filled with the best damn Memphis style pulled pork you've ever had.  That my friends, is nirvana.  Once your belly is full, you'll need something to haul yourself home - why not use this 1968 Citroen 2CV On a Suzuki Samurai Frame here on eBay currently bidding for $5,600 with 5 days to go, located in Boyne City, MI.  Tip from Pablo.


The 2CV, known colloquially as the deux chevaux (two horses), was a Toute Petite Voiture (compact) designed in the '30s by the French automaker Citroën, but this is not your average 2CV.  In fact, little remains of the French donor car aside from the body...just take a look around.


Gone is the air cooled 2-cylinder misery machine and in its place is an iron block V8 from the land of Freedom Fries.  That is a 350 cubic inch small block Chevy with unknown specification, probably in the 300ish horsepower range from the size of the air cleaner and general blinginess of the build.


The interior doesn't look very Citroeny to me, it doesn't have a single spoke steering wheel or a dash that looks like it was inspired by a toaster from the future.  If anything survived the onslaught of JC Whitney catalog parts, it might be that '50s clock radio thing in the middle, but perhaps a Citroen expert can chime in the comments.


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13 comments:

  1. The aliens have landed. It looks like an alien bugout (bug) machine.

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  2. I shouldn't have checked this page before lunch... now I have a very intense craving for a crepe stuffed with BBQ. Seriously, if you left off the seaweed part (I've never managed to get a taste for nori, or any other seaweed out there), that chef special would work pretty well.

    And yes, the Sammy / 2CV combination works surprisingly well, too.

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  3. I would love to take this to micro/mini car day this weekend.

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  4. This might be the greatest thing ever.

    Discuss. (25%)

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    1. I met a french guy who went around the world in one of these 2CVs in the 50s. When he told us, I didn't really believe him (we're in advertising, after all...). This was before google knew everything that's knowable, but it turned out to be true.

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  5. This looks great, right down to the external cage and the big old jack on the roofrack. Lots of work in this thing and it looks (cannot say without close inspection) like it was done very well.

    That radio looks like an old desktop unit, I can't imagine a stock-width Duck having room for something like that between the knees (but at the build info says, this thing's been widened quite a bit.)


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  6. Resident Citroen Guy here. I hate this.... but I love it....but I hate it.... Damn, I am conflicted!

    Anyway, that radio is cool, but is not from a Citroen. Back in the day, Citroen offered a huge tube-type radio as an accessory, It looked like this:

    [img]http://citroen2cv.fr/2cv_citroen/radioen/img5.jpg[/img]

    Not that anyone could actually HEAR a radio in a 2CV while driving, but it probably was nice during the obligatory picnic that was part of the easy-out seat design:

    [img]http://www.cach.hu/userfiles/1179/picnic.jpg[/img]

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    1. Bobinott, just as I suspected, the interior is a combination of Suzuki, Lokar aftermarket, and whatever the seller could find in his garage. Together it somehow pulls it off.

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  7. The definitive DT vehicle? Certainly one of them.

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  8. Someone needs to buy this thing and drive it around the world. Hmm......

    Chebby

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  9. Well, I can't get voted "not constructive" here, so I'll just repeat what I said on BaT, albeit with more verbage:

    Regardless of how well this conversion was performed, it has no point. The approach angle and breakover angle are both atrocious. The tires are not made for anything more hardcore than dirt roads. None of the modifications are cohesive- the shift knob and transfer case knob are different finishes, the switch panel is excessively modern... it doesn't make any sense. I'm not trying to be a dick but seriously- there's not much here that's groundbreaking or done to an exceedingly high level.

    A ubiquitous SBC dropped into a 2CV that's been modified to fit on a Samurai frame is not novel. The amount of work that went into it was certainly not a trifle, but regardless of work, one has to consider the vehicle holistically, and this car/truck simply does not flow.

    By the way, no, I'm not really any fun at parties when the subject of cars comes up. I've been heavily involved in accurate restorations for all of my adult life, so I tend to take things a bit more seriously.

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    1. True. It's a fun toy that's made to be looked at, not a functional off-road vehicle. Not particularly functional on-road either most likely. With the 2CV body you definitely wouldn't want to roll it.

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