Spotted: 1965 Citroen 2CV

1965 Citroen 2CV

What is it?

A curvaceous, featherweight, prehistoric Citroen that has become an iconic classic among millions around the world. This head-turning smile of a car was produced between 1948 and 1990, the 2CV (deux-cheveaux or ‘two horses’) debuted in the late nineteen-thirties as a utility vehicle of sorts. So you have a family of four? No problem, this quirky piece of machinery can trudge through mud, fitting four adults comfortably.

It didn’t take long for the Citroen 2CV to attract a fan base similar to that of Rajneeshpuram, a cult classic among car enthusiasts.  In today’s standard, it is certainly not seen as luxurious or Volvo safe when you compare it to modern vehicles, but it’s certainly an aesthetically pleasing Sunday afternoon driver. 

What’s under the hood? 

This particular Citroen 2CV features a 402cc engine (somewhere around 12 horsepower). An oddball arrangement that actually works well, after all, we are in Saigon, Vietnam where the average speed is a crawl for most 4 wheeled vehicles. 

How fast is the Citroen 2CV?

It’s not and it was never designed to be. Your engine options are essentially slowest, slower, and slow. The 0-60 will put you to sleep and the top speed will certainly be contested by most professional cyclists. 

How much will they run you?

Based on a few searches, these little cars won’t break the bank. Depending on the year and condition, the 2CV range from $7,000 to $16000 dollars. On the rare, you may stumble on a Sahara 4×4, and if its mint, price is north of $20,000. For a Sunday driver that turns heads, I’d say that’s worth every bit. 

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