When I met the project Isetta, my first comment was "holy ****, it's less car than a Deux Chevaux! Damnnnnnnnnn!"
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Early in the thread someone question why this car isn't desirable. To me it looks like a craptastic kit car and doesn't make up for it with performance. Sure, maybe this car has an important place in history, but that's in the past. That doesn't make me want one in the present, not unless I open a museum.
Not to mention the knowledge base for the Mustang is huge. It might take me a while to find anyone near me who knows anything on a 2CV.
If he is up for the challage, the 2CV would be fine. I'm just approaching it from the angle of "when I get stuck, what do I do?"
*Mustang can be interchanged with most popular 60s-70s American classic
If you buy a 2cv, do yourself a favor, buy one of these
Electronic ignition / Points replacement
and parts availability is pretty good
I use French Parts Service http://www.2cvsource.com/
I am selling a lot of different parts, please identify what you are pming about
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I've seen a lot of 2CVs this summer in Chicago (but never that Charleston on the 1st page).
I even saw one merging off of I-90 onto Washington street downtown. The owner must have modified its engine.
2CVs were considered "artsy" by Europeans and Europhiles back in the 70's and 80's, but I wouldn't own one in 2012. You're relegated to driving on Sunday evenings (mornings are now too hectic) with the Model A crowd.
I did want one as a kid, mainly because Snoopy drove one:
Do it. As far as DD'ing it, why not. I do it with fiat 500 since i get up to 50 mph. It has almost twice the hp as my 500 (18hp when new).
Current Rides: 1970 Fiat 500 (Imported from Italy), 2000 Honda S2000 (AutoX/Track), 1997 F150 V8 4x4 Offroad (DD/Toy Hauler), 2003 Mazda 6 (Wife-DD)
1971 Vespa 50 (w/ original docs from Florence, Italy), 1971 Yamaha LS2, 2005 Kawasaki ZX6r (Ohlins cartrige fork/shock/damper), 2001 Honda F4i streetfighter (Racetech fork/Penske shock), Rossi style M1 pocket bike (Valentime gift from wife)
i think these are really neat cars, and from what ive been led to beleive are fairly straightforward mechanically as theyre early enough in the citroen years to not have many of the hydraulic doo-dads that the later cars did... even with the hydraulic parts id love to have one of these just for its weirdness factor
too expensive over here though...
"We were all talking about how dangerous how the French highways were,’' Romney was to tell the Boston Globe almost 20 years later. .
“Literally as we were having that conversation, boom, we were hit. It happened so quickly ... there was no braking and no honking.’’
The other car - driven by a Catholic priest - had missed a curve and crashed into theirs , knocking Romney unconscious
This is not to say that I don't like muscle or open-top sports cars!
Originally Posted by Boyz in da Park
So Romney blamed it on a "drunk priest" who actually was soberly driving with his mother and was stopped in a left turn lane that Romney plowed into with 6 people in a 5-passenger DS.
It's funny to me that the 2CV (or "deuch" as we call it here) seems so outlandish to many TClers. This car was the "staple" on french roads during the 60s/70s, it was used in TONS of movies, appeared all the time on TV and basically was just everywhere. I remember that it was also used for cross continental adventures because of its symplicity, strange looks and availability of parts all over the world (well, .... maybe except Northern America ). I remember seing them still quite often on the roads in the early 90s, remember that they were produced without interruption from 1949 until 1990! I distincly remember the typical sound of the classic Citroen flat twin:
Citroen Visa cold start with a view of its lovely dash:
With a production of over 4 000 000 (counting the popular delivery van version), led to the creation of several rebodied or special editions. See below example of a 2CV Dagonet from the 50s, keeping the same 2 cylinder engine goes from a top speed of 60 kph (!) to a staggering 110 kph. With also mandatory stiffened suspensions.
And here's a 2CV van (widened body) with a Ferrari 355 engine:
Needless to say also, there were tons of different versions and bodies available during the production run (including the dual engined 2CV 4x4), the early one were the most rudimentary (with their 300 ccm engin) until the Charleston which came out in the early 80s (with its 602 ccm engine).
2CV Charleston from the 80s:
At the end of its career, the 2CV appealed much more to what we call today "hipsters" and usually ecologists. Today they still have a GIGANTIC fan base all across Europe and parts are readily available. This car is just not another car, it is really a symbol over here.
Last edited by K.Lagan; 10-10-2012 at 03:49 PM.
Originally Posted by Boyz in da Park