Tuesday, June 11, 2019

French Bread: 1968 Citroën 2CV

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 that could be removed from the car and used as picnic chairs. Find this 1968 Citroën 2CV offered for $4300 in Fort Plain, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

From the seller:

1968 1968 Citroen 2CV 
VIN: 232881 
condition: good 
drive: fwd 
fuel: gas 
odometer: 58000 
title status: clean 
transmission: manual 
type: convertible 
This is a 1968 Citroen 2CV with 58000 original miles running project:
Has some rust on chassis, and needs a new light switch.
It's a 4 door, 2 cylinder air cooled, standard transmission,
currently registered on the road in good mechanical running condition, 
good inboard disk brakes, good tires, good Clutch, good seats, good Paint,
The 2CV was France's version of the VW Beetle; 
If you ever wanted a 2cv for an affordable price, this is your chance.
No lowballs, no dreamers, serious inquiries only, leave name and phone #
for me to reply, I'm just trying to sort the spam out. $4300

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  1. 2 things:

    1. I read the opening as the engine was removable and usable for picnics.
    2. What exactly is a dreamer? I know a lowballer, but not familiar with a dreamer?

    1. A dreamer is someone who kicks tires and wastes a seller's time because they either don't have the money or the intent to purchase the car. They just dream about ownership. You may say John Lennon was a dreamer. And apparently he's not the only one.

      This car seems to be a bargain at this price, especially when you consider it comes with a removable engine/picnic table.

  2. Jaguar XK engines make lovely picnic tables, 2CV engines could just barely support hors d'oeuvres for 2 light eaters.

  3. Car is in New York? Great price.

  4. These are easy to work on and a new chassis is readily available because the tend to rust out. There is a large CV2 community where parts and help are available. This one is a bargain!

  5. That is an absolute bargain..... but a buyer needs to look carefully at the chassis. As Davis said above, a new chassis is readily available, and the swap can be done in a weekend. Oh, and I suspect this car is NOT a 1968 model. The serial number plate is not like any plate I have ever seen in a legitimate 2CV, so I imagine this may be one that was re-VIN-ed to get around the 25 year rule. Seats, steering wheel and engine bay put this car in the 1980s. Anyway, these cars are MUCH better than their specifications would lead you to believe. I have been driving my 40-year-old example for nearly 20 years, and it still makes me smile. They are VERY engaging to drive.

    1. Bobinott, do you have difficulty finding tires for your 2CV? I'm assuming you've had to replace yours at least once during the 20 years. That seems like a pretty unique size tire, especially in North America. I think if I owned one of these, I'd probably keep an extra tire in my garage in addition to whatever spare is in the car.

      Also, is there a French car parts seller in the US or Canada that you can turn to for the majority of your parts? Like, is there an equivalent to what Moss Motors and Victoria British are for British cars? Someday I'll own a French car. I just haven't decided yet between Citroen, Renault, and Peugeot. I love them all.

    2. @MegaVonza - tires were tough for a little while, but not these days. You can order original Michelin 125/80r15 from Longstone Tyres in the UK. Prices are good, and amazingly they ship to Canada (and I assume the US) for FREE! No idea how they do it, but they arrive in about a week. Virtually every part of the car can be purchased from Mehari Club Cassis, which has a distributor in Montreal (Fitzback Garage). Another excellent source is Kenji at French Parts Service (FPS) in Washington state. So, all in all, the 2CV is pretty easy to live with.


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