A look back at the Citroen 2CV (1948 – 1990) 0

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It’s fair to say the 2CV polarises opinion. Whatever your take on Citroen’s famous ‘Tin Snail’, it’s impossible to argue against the car’s status as a motoring icon.

Built between 1948 and 1990, the design of the 2CV was laid down prior to the Second World War. It was designed to be the car that would finally mobilise the French rural population. A conventional and practical design disguised a car that was actually very clever and innovative for the time. The 2CV boasted interconnected suspension and an air-cooled two-cylinder engine that could run all day.

Initially considered ugly when it first appeared on the roads of France, the 2CV soon found itself an army of fans across the globe, an army that still marches today.

Despite a production run of forty-two years, the basic design of the 2CV changed very little in essence. More powerful engines were added as capacity increased from 375 to 602cc, and the interiors gradually became more comfortable.

In 1978, Citroen released the 2CV6 that sported improved interior trim and slightly uprated flat-twin. That aside, all the basic features were maintained: the unique posture, comfy seats, endless stamina, removable seats and pull back roof stayed put.

Production finally drew to a close in 1990, Portugal the last country to manufacture them. The Citroen 2CV now sits alongside other quirky automotive immortals in the sky, its place in history assured.    

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