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The front-wheel-drive Citroen 2CV was not a flash car; it was a practical car much like the Volkswagen beetle. The ability to remove the seats and panels created extra room for larger objects were just a few of the amenities that made this car practical. Only one color was initially offered when the car came on the scene in 1948, it was grey. In 1959, blue was added to the list of available colors, and then in 1960 yellow was added.

The engine was small and did not even include a distributor; instead, there was a coil that fired the spark plugs. It featured a tiny flat-twin unit that was air-cooled and capable of producing a measly 9 horsepower. The top speed was in the neighborhood of 40 miles-per-hour but was able to travel over 55 miles on a gallon of gas. The car weighed in at 1100 pounds, had a four-speed manual gearbox, and drum brakes all-around. There was one spring on each side of the car which made up the vehicle's suspension.

Mr. Flamino Bertone was the designer of this vehicle. The design was simple. The front of the car had two lights, one on each side of the vehicle that was attached to the hood of the car. The front grill had a waterfall shade with the grill-lines being horizontal. The hood was V-shaped. The rear of the car was designed so that the top could slide back by removing a few pins allowing fresh air and panoramic view.

This car was given nicknames such as the Tin Snail and the Duck. These nicknames were appropriate given the vehicle's design and performance figures. Even though this vehicle may not have been visually appealing to many, the practicality made it very popular. It was inexpensive, fuel-efficient, fun, and convenient. Between 1948 and 1990, 5,114,920 Citroen 2CV's have been produced.

In 1960 the styling of the car was updated. From 1958 through 1966, the vehicle was available with four-wheel drive and two engines.

Related Reading : Citroen 2CV History

One of the most famous Citroën of all time was the 2CV which was produced from 1948 through 1990. Deux Cheveux, or two horses, the 2CV was a popular French vehicle made by Citroen. More than 3,872,583 2CV limousines and even more derivatives during its production run. They most certainly made an impact on the world and especially on the back roads of France where they were the most useful. The earliest....
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Performance and Specification Comparison

2CV

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
94.40 in.
4 cyl., 25.94 CID., 12.00hp
$1,295 - $1,295
93.30 in.
2 cyl., 25.87 CID., 12.00hp
94.40 in.
2 cyl., 25.94 CID., 12.00hp
$1,300 - $1,300
93.30 in.
2 cyl., 36.74 CID., 26.00hp
93.30 in.
2 cyl., 36.74 CID., 26.00hp
93.30 in.
2 cyl., 36.74 CID., 28.00hp
2 cyl., 36.74 CID., 28.50hp
4 cyl., 132.73 CID., 117.00hp
2 cyl., 36.74 CID., 28.50hp
2 cyl., 36.74 CID., 28.00hp
2 cyl., 36.74 CID., 26.00hp

Industry Production

#1#2#3Citroen
1971Ford (2,054,351)Chevrolet (1,830,319)Volkswagen (1,128,784)578,328
1970Ford (2,096,184)Chevrolet (1,451,305)Volkswagen (1,193,853)425,508
1969Chevrolet (2,092,947)Ford (1,826,777)Volkswagen (1,241,580)425,508
1968Chevrolet (2,139,290)Ford (1,753,334)Volkswagen (1,191,854)384,040
1967Chevrolet (2,206,639)Ford (1,730,224)Toyota (1,068,321)384,040
1966Ford (2,212,415)Chevrolet (2,206,639)Volkswagen (1,168,146)451,875
1965Chevrolet (2,375,118)Volkswagen (1,174,687)Toyota (1,068,321)451,875
1964Chevrolet (2,318,619)Ford (1,594,053)Toyota (1,068,321)451,875
1963Chevrolet (2,237,201)Ford (1,525,404)Fiat (957,941)308,925
1962Chevrolet (2,061,677)Ford (1,476,031)Fiat (957,941)308,925
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)213,162

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