Overview
Produced: 1949-1990, 3868631 produced.
Types: Convertible,4 doors,4 seats
Saloon,4 doors,4 seats

A strange looking prototype was first seen in Citroen's Paris factory in 1938.  It was the subsequently famous (or infamous) Deux Chevaux or 2CV, with four doors, and room for four persions and their luggage.  The car was equipped with a 375 cc twin cylinder engine which drove the front front wheels.  The war and other reasons delayed the cars launch for ten years until October 1948 at the Paris motor show.  Ugly as the car was, it was a tremendous success and people had to wait two years to buy one.  When launched, the car had the same 375 cc capacity as the prototype which produced a modest 9 bhp at 3,500 rpm.  There were plenty of French who were quite happy with the top speed of 40 mph (65 kph).

By 1952, Citroen was building enough Deux-Chevaux to export some of them.  In Holland, where they first appeared outside France, they were quickly dubbed the "Ugly Duckling".  The size of the engine was regularly enlarged: in 1954 to 421 cc for 12.5 bhp and in 1961 Citroen's engineers managed to coax 14 bhp from the same engine capacity.  The speedometer was awkwardly placed beneath one corner of the windscreen because it also operated the windscreen wipers!  The speedometer was moved to above the steering column in 1962 and wipers with electric motors were installed.  More important, a fuel gauge was added for the first time.  Until then the 2CV driver had to use a dipstick to check the fuel in the tank but this entailed having to wave the dipstick in the air to allow the petrol on the dipstick to evaporate. 

Buyers Guide Citroen 2CV featured in Practical Classics July 2004 – available from our sister site Bookbase. Click here to view.

Source: The complete encyclopedia of Saloon Cars - Rob de la Rive Box
Engines
CapacityConfigModelBore/StrokeCR
375ccH2 OHV
425ccH2 OHV
435ccH2 OHV
602ccH2 OHV
Drivetrain and Suspension
DrivetrainSteeringFront SuspensionRear Suspension
Performance
Top Speed0-60SQMMPGEngine PwrComment
71 mph32.8 s24.3 s45 mpg29 bhp 6750602cc engine
41 mph34.4 s49 mpg9 bhp 3500375cc engine
Brakes
FrontRearComment
DrumDrum
Auction Sales History
Lot
Num
Description Auctioneer Date Hammer Price Hammer Price
(inc premium)
087 Citroen 2CV Charleston Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers 27 Nov 2013 Not sold
508 Citroen 2CV Coys 13 Oct 2013 - €5310.00
178 Citroen 2CV Bonhams 16 Aug 2013 $19000.00 $20900.00
844 Citroen 2CV Auctions America 1 Aug 2013 - $22000.00
063 Citroen 2CV Du Cassa H&H Sales Limited 31 Oct 2012 £2464.00 -
460 Citroen 2CV Bonhams 16 Aug 2012 Not sold
311 Citroen 2CV Bonhams 25 Jun 2011 $6500.00 $7475.00
331 1962 CitroŽn 2CV Sahara 4x4 Bonhams & Butterfields 15 Aug 2008 $80000.00 $93600.00
305 1963 Citroen 2CV Sahara 4x4 Coys 29 Mar 2008 €34176.00 -
281 1963 Citroen 2CV Sahara Coys 27 Oct 2007 €37760.00 -
233 1977 Citroen 2CV - For Your Eyes Only Coys 21 May 2007 Not sold
263 1963 Citroen 2CV Sahara Coys 21 May 2007 Not sold
324 Citroen 2 CV CHARLESTON ECA Classic Auctions 21 Jan 2007 Not sold
12 Citroen 2CV BCA 28 Nov 2006 Not sold
206 1956 Citroen 2CV AZL Ripple Bonnet Coys 30 Apr 2006 £7293.00 -
237 1987 Citroen 2 CV Dolly Coys 30 Apr 2006 £4823.00 -
629 CitroŽn 2CV Special Saloon Bonhams 18 Apr 2005 £3800.00 £4370.00
043 CitroŽn 2CV Type AZ Artcurial - Briest - Poulain Le Fur 15 Nov 2004 - €3582.00
002 CitroŽn CV AZU Fourgonnette Artcurial - Briest - Poulain Le Fur 15 Feb 2004 - €7312.00
101 CitroŽn 2CV (1961) Barons 15 Apr 2003 £1500.00 -
043 CitroŽn 2CV (1961) Barons 23 Jul 2002 FF1650.00 -
411 CitroŽn 2CV (1987) Coys 22 Jul 2002 £3000.00 -
014 CitroŽn 2CV Sahara (1962) Poulain LeFur 6 May 2002 £36000.00 -
008 CitroŽn 2CV (1961) Barons 30 Apr 2002 £2500.00 -
201 CitroŽn 2CV (1987) RTS Auctions Ltd 21 Apr 2002 Not sold
010 CitroŽn 2CV (1986) Barons 26 Jun 2001 £4000.00 -
036 CitroŽn 2CV6 (1988) BCA 21 May 2001 - £2033.00
003 CitroŽn 2CV (1986) Coys 6 Mar 2000 Not sold
404 CitroŽn 2CV6 Dolly (1990) Brooks 26 Oct 1999 - £4830.00
406 CitroŽn 2CV (1962) Brooks 29 Jul 1999 £1200.00 -
004 CitroŽn 2CV Dolly (1987) H&H Sales Limited 23 Sep 1998 £1250.00 -
032 CitroŽn 2CV Sahara (1963) Poulain LeFur 30 Mar 1998 - FF144110.00
058 CitroŽn 2CV Dolly (1987) H&H Sales Limited 18 Feb 1998 £1450.00 -
006 CitroŽn 2CV4 (1959) Parkes 8 Feb 1998 Not sold
018 CitroŽn DS23 EFI Pall (1979) Brooks 25 Oct 1997 Not sold
286 CitroŽn 2CV Sahara (1959) Brooks 8 Sep 1997 Not sold
025 CitroŽn 2CV Limousine (1986) Parkes 2 Feb 1997 Not sold
013 CitroŽn 2CV Dolly 6 (1989) H&H Sales Limited 24 Jul 1996 Not sold
538 CitroŽn 2CV6 Charlest (1983) Brooks 28 Jul 1995 £2400.00 -
209 CitroŽn 2CV (1958) RTS Auctions Ltd 23 Apr 1995 £300.00 -
012 CitroŽn 2CV (1958) ADT 20 Feb 1995 £800.00 -
020 CitroŽn 2CV6 Charlest (1982) Christies 11 Apr 1992 Not sold
Books
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