1953 CITROEN 2CV TYPE A

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12 000 - 18 000 EUR
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Result : 12 690 EUR

1953 CITROEN 2CV TYPE A

3 previous owners
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Authentic Type A 375 cc

Registration: Normal series French registration certificate
Chassis n°: 54 691

Soon after the end of World War 2, Citroën put in hand the development of the 2 CV, which was destined to become one of the most mythical cars in automobile history. Before the war, under the aegis of the Michelin family, Pierre Jules Boulanger initiated the TPV project (Tout Petit Véhicule - very small vehicle), for which he summarized the design brief with the immortal phrase “four wheels under an umbrella”. The vehicle had to accommodate 4 passengers as well as 50 kilos of goods, reach a speed of 60 KPH and not consume more than 3 litres per 100 km (94 mpg). Furthermore, its suspension was to be sufficiently soft to enable a basket of eggs to be transported across fields without any breakage. In October 1948, at the 35th Paris Motor show, three TPV cars, now baptized “2CV” (2 hp), were exhibited. Public reaction was mediocre but when the production was put on the market in 1950, waiting time for delivery reached 5 to 6 years.
The popularity of this model remained so strong that, when production finally ceased 42 years later, Citroën had sold throughout the world no less than 5 114 961 2CVs.

The 2CV in our sale is a Type A model built in 1953. Fitted with a 375 cc engine producing 9 bhp (2 hp was a fiscal category), the car has all the characteristics of the first series, including a fluted, mechanically welded bonnet, specific doors and flat sided wheels. The current owner acquired her in 1980 when, as the owner of the Citroën dealership Papin et Fils in Thouars, he took her in part-exchange for a new Citroën. He took pity on the little car and bought her for himself.
She had then had 2 owners after having been sold new in Paris with the registration 4864 BY 75. It was only in 2015 that the car underwent a total restoration. All the mechanics were dismantled and overhauled, the body was taken off the chassis, rust was eliminated from both and anti-rust treatment was applied. Only the interior was deliberately left with the charming patina of natural wear. A road test showed that this little Citroën is in good mechanical working order and attracts as much sympathy as ever from other road users!
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