Saturday, February 27, 2016

Do Shove -- Ah? 1965 Citroën 2CV Truckette


The Citroen (Citroën) 2CV (en français -- deux chevaux)  was a front drive economy car that had prototype builds starting in 1939 with innovative features like a flat-twin aircooled engine and seats hung like hammocks from the roof with wife wires (really, this is true).  Unfortunately a nasty global war broke out a few months later and Germany occupied France (yaddy yaddah) and the 2CV en masse production until 1948....but it lasted well into the 20th century.  Find this 1965 Citroën 2CV Truckette offered for $16,250 in Woodland Hills, CA via craigslist.


 The 2CV was built in epic numbers, so the idea of spending more than $15k on one sounds ludicrous, but the Fourgonnette version oozes cool onto the pavement like 10W30.  The 425cc flat-twin should be good for around 19 horsepower when new, so you won't use this car for your brick delivery service, but it would be good for someone delivering gourmet popcorn.


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14 comments:

  1. Um, I have looked very closely at many 2CVs, and do not think your statement is correct:

    "...seats hung like hammocks from the roof with wife"

    No wives were harmed in the production of the 2CV.

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    1. Bobinott...wife was supposed to be wires. I often get those confused. Oops!

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  2. Anyway, if you wish to own a 2CV or derivative, and you intend to drive it, I strongly recommend the larger 602cc engine. The truckette on offer here, with the 425cc engine and the associated shorter gearing will be bearable around town, marginal on rural highways, and unsafe on anything faster. My 602cc sedan requires spirited driving (which makes it fun) but can keep up to any posted speed limit in Canada (dunno about elsewhere, like maybe Texas).

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  4. "See a cooler delivery van?" ... well, there's always my Elsie:
    [img]http://www.alanbrand.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Elsie-at-home-small.jpg[/img]

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  5. The more I look at those photos, the more I am sure that this is not a 1965. Many 2CVs in the US have been "creatively re-registered". The VIN he cites is not even for a truckette. In any event, the good news is that this looks much more like a 1970s era 602cc model. Far more livable.

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  6. Gads, if I wanted the din, the rattles, poor handling, lack of performance abysmal reliability I could buy an 80's - 00' GM product.

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    1. Hi Tom. I`ll grant you the first two, but not poor handling and abysmal reliability. 2CVs can run virtually forever. As for handling, don't confuse body lean with lack of grip. I currently hold class records at the Watkins Glen Historic GP track, and CMP-long-track (or course both are in the 2 cylinder, under 750cc car class ;-) )

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    2. I am always eager to learn, thank you. It is very cool that you race the little buggers!

      My feeble attempt to pile on GM using this little truck was a cheap shot.

      However, not nearly as cheap as the GM interiors and fade-away paint jobs from that era.:)

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    3. Hi Tom. I agree with you about 1980+ GM product quality.

      By the way, my "lap records" are just from open lapping sessions, not official competition. Here is a link to my Walkins Glen story:

      http://ottawacitroenclub.ca/members-articles/bob-mcleod/a-citroen-at-the-glen

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  7. Peter Seller's telephone van in Inspector Clu......is that a french space saver skinny on back ?

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    1. Nope, it should be a regular 125-80/15. However, that just happens also to be size of the space saver spare in my 2010 Ford Focus. What a coincidence!

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  8. Being a Francophile from waaay back, the wheel size on the left rear tire would change depending on the size of the wheels of cheese being transported.

    It was a tire, AND a proportion control measuring device.

    I found it on the French le' wiki and used the le' translaytor so it is 100% accurate.

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