ABOUT 2CVFirst presented at the Paris Salon in 1948, as Citroën’s take on a work car. A car that was supposed to be able to transport the farmer’s produce to the market one day, and transport the farmer to church the following Sunday. It had to be able to do it as cheaply as possible, without, however, putting comfort out of control.
A requirement for the prototype was that it had to be able to cross a plowed field with a basket of eggs on the front seat without the eggs breaking, it also had to be tall enough for the farmer to wear a hat. It had to transport 3 adults and 50 kg of potatoes at a speed of 70 km/h and drive longer than 25 kilometers per litre.
From a small start with a 375 ccm engine and 9 hp, the engine grew big and strong, as much as 602 ccm and 28.5 hp the 2 cylinder air-cooled boxer managed to get before it was over. A number of special versions saw the light of day during the production period, including a four-wheel drive version, with an engine at each end. The 2CV was the first French car around the world and held the absolute height record for cars for more than 40 years.
Today, there are still quite a few 2CVs driving around in Denmark.
From farm wagon to cult.