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      10-07-2012 08:34 PM #1
      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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      10-07-2012 08:41 PM #2
      Hahahaahahaha.
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      10-07-2012 08:46 PM #3
      I'd own one, but not one with those headlights

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      10-07-2012 08:59 PM #4
      god that thing is ugly
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      10-07-2012 09:01 PM #5
      I'd rather BE French.

      And there no way in hell I'd ever be French
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      10-07-2012 09:04 PM #6
      I actually want one quite a lot, but you have to realize just how slow they are - max of 33hp. If this is going to be an only car, don't plan on any freeway driving, ever.

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      10-07-2012 09:12 PM #7
      How can you not love it? In fact last month I spotted a 2CV in downtown Evanston, IL and shot these pics of it


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      10-07-2012 09:16 PM #8
      I have never driven one, but I imagine they are very similar to driving/owning a Beetle.

      Except without the crazy cheap purchase and maintenance costs.

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      10-07-2012 09:19 PM #9
      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.

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      10-07-2012 09:50 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by urbanrocketeer View Post
      I could be bought as a kit to assemble at home.
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      Ga ha ha ha. Well from the looks of that video they'll run just fine disassembled as well.

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    12. 10-07-2012 10:32 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by Inspector Detector View Post
      How can you not love it? In fact last month I spotted a 2CV in downtown Evanston, IL and shot these pics of it

      I'm pretty sure that particular 2CV (or one identically painted) is owned by this guy who has posted here on rare occasion.
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      10-07-2012 10:36 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by cougar View Post
      I'm pretty sure that particular 2CV (or one identically painted) is owned by this guy who has posted here on rare occasion.
      Hmm...I grew up in that area and have seen that particular car in the Wilmette area a few times. So likely not your Canadian...

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      10-07-2012 10:40 PM #14
      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.
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      10-07-2012 10:49 PM #15
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      10-07-2012 10:54 PM #16
      2CVs are sweet. Good luck finding one.
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      10-07-2012 11:05 PM #17
      I REALLY want one, or preferably a Renault 4 TL. However, my fantasy involves swapping in a motorcycle engine/transmission of some sort.... I firmly believe a V-twin in a 2CV or a Honda Goldwing powertrain in a R4 would be

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      10-07-2012 11:32 PM #18
      most likely one of the ugliest cars i have seen but id DD it
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    19. 10-07-2012 11:46 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by windycityvdub View Post
      Hmm...I grew up in that area and have seen that particular car in the Wilmette area a few times. So likely not your Canadian...
      I'm not sure if it's the same one, but I do know he purchased it from a U.S. owner and drove it back. Either way, that's a gorgeous color combination... and if I were looking for a quirky old French car, I certainly would consider one.
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      10-07-2012 11:47 PM #20
      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...

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      10-08-2012 01:07 AM #21
      I LOVE old Citroens. I want to own one some day...but it sure as hell won't be a 2CV.

      A nice DS or SM would be a perfect project IMO.
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    22. 10-08-2012 02:32 AM #22
      I've wanted to pick one of these up for years



      A 2CV is too primative to be viable.

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      10-08-2012 02:37 AM #23
      I'd rather have a car built by the cast of Top Gear.
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      10-08-2012 04:36 AM #25
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