Lot 1930


1978 Citroen 2CV CH Special Type AZ KB
Reg. no. t.ba.
Chassis no. Unknown
Engine no. Unknown
Citroen’s ‘Tin Snail’ had its origins in the 1930s effort by France’s volume car manufacturers to tap the largely unconquered rural market; the design of the vehicle that resulted was shaped by several precise requirements – for example, the ability to carry a farmer – wearing a hat – across a ploughed field, with an entire basket of eggs remaining unbroken on the passenger seat. As the very embodiment of utilitarian design, what it lacked in luxury it made up for in practicality, ease of maintenance and ingenuity, and many millions were sold in its over 40 years of production.
The 2CV Special was one for those who found the later car’s 602cc engine an unnecessary excess; it instead featured a 435cc version of the air-cooled 2-cylinder engine. Luxury appointments were even sparser than on the standard 2CV, but for purity of design, you need look no further. This example was imported from France this year; it will have a UK MOT and registration by the time of the sale, although of course it is soon to be exempt from the former. Restored in 2014, it remains in good condition with excellent bodywork and paint.

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