I've wanted one for forever (don't ask why). I plan on getting myself a new car after college, and I'll probably end up with a 2CV. I have very little technical experience, but want to learn more. An old French beast like this is probably going to require a lot of upkeep/maintenance which doesn't really put me off, so I'm thinking this will be a good car to develop my mechanical skills on.
What do you guys think? Is this a good first classic to own?
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I rode in one, oh, almost two decades ago in Germany. I don't recall much about it except the push/pull shifter. And since we were driving strictly in a small town I could hardly comment on the performance.
That being said, they are supposed to be exceedingly simple in every possible way and, IIRC, could be bought as a kit to assemble at home. Also, since they were sold in some of the most challenging places in the world, I would imagine they are exceedingly easy to repair should they break.
Heck, if nothing else, getting one would be a memorable adventure.
I see a few of them driving around in Seattle.
I'd say they make a great first classic car. Parts availability is great and they are about as simple as a car can get.
One of the downsides? They are really underpowered. They also rust really easy, are hardly ever water proof and unlike the video, don't handle that well.
most likely one of the ugliest cars i have seen but id DD it
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2CV are sweet! Of the odd variants the Mehari and Sahara are best but a Sahara isn't a good first classic, way to expensive. They are prone to rust and were treated as disposable for most of their production run. The earliest ones are the prettiest and slowest. I want one but they've become quite expensive for what they are. At their current price I'd save up for a DS or traction...
All the hate for the Deux Chevaux by supposed "enthusiasts" is beyond me. The 2CV carries the same historical significance as the Beetle, the Mini, and the Fiat 500.
I've driven a few, and they're a hoot. I wouldn't expect anything remotely close to a modern driving experience, but that's half the fun. They're very simple, easy to work on, and parts are cheap and plentiful. (Almost four million of them were made)
Kidding aside, it is quite the engineering feat. Tiny little engine, disc (!) brakes, and seated four. The best part of the thing is that the engine bay is quite large, if not cavernous. How sad that we ignore Mr Citroen's advances (he invented almost everything we think is cool) simply because he is French. And weird.
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Thanks for posting. I haven't thought of Louis de Funès in ages . . .
Those are neat cars. Being air-cooled they're pretty much automatically near-and-dear to my heart.
If I remember correctly they have leading arms in the front and trailing arms in the back, so I'd imagine their handling is, errrrrmmmm, "unusual". Since I've not driven one I can't say how it compares to the Beetle in that regard. I'm pretty sure my 50 horse Beetle would blow one out of the water as far as acceleration goes, even with the weight penalty. (Mine has done 80 and it miiiiiight have had a bit more.)
I'd agree with Benjamin, you don't drive it on the freeway at all. I will give one caveat. If you know the highway, traffic is light, it's daytime and you know the car, then I may drive one on the freeway to get it somewhere, but I certainly wouldn't make a habit of it nor would I drive it during rush hour!
Now go out and get one so I can live vicariously through your car adventures, too!
Originally Posted by Boyz in da Park
Here you go, a 2CV Safari (2 engine 4x4) at the "barn find" auction today I think at the Simeone Museum in Philly. Estimated sale price 40-60k. A lot of other interesting cars to see there as well.