2021 | Pebble Beach Auctions
1991 Citroën 2CV
From The Mullin Automotive Museum
$10,000 - $15,000| Without Reserve
One of the Last 2CVs of over Five Million Total Built
Wonderful Original Condition
Two-Owner Car Showing Approximately 10,000 Kilometers
Acquired by the Mullin Automotive Museum in 2015
Single Solex Carburetor
27 BHP at 5,750 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
4-Wheel Independent Suspension with Longitudinal Coil Springs
The Citroën 2CV, or Deux Chevaux, so named for its fate as the replacement for a two-horse-drawn carriage, remains to this day an icon of France, akin to the Eiffel Tower. Despite the fact that over five million were produced between 1948 and 1990, the little automobile became the darling of all social strata, renowned for its economy, reliability, and talent for navigating not only the war-torn byways of postwar France but the beautiful plowed fields in between. Ample headroom was assured by the manufacturer, as Pierre Boulanger, president of Citroën, test-drove his prototypes donning his hat. If the hat did not fit or was lost en route, the engineers had to return to the drawing board. Emphasizing affordability in the 1940s, Citroën first employed a lawnmower cord starter, but this was abandoned in favor of an electric starter for production. Only those in need of transport for their employment, such as country doctors, midwives, and bakers were originally permitted to buy the first models off the production line. Everyone else had to wait their turn, sometimes up to six years.
If any Citroën 2CV should be considered the standard bearer for the model, it is this one. This example is one of the very last 2CV motorcars built. It has had only two owners, both with prestigious collections, and shows 10,000 original kilometers on the odometer. The first owner purchased the car to drive from his estate to the market in Deauville, France, a distance of just one kilometer. Purchased by the Mullin Automotive Museum in 2015, this lovely 2CV remains in nearly new condition, complete with its classic sky blue fabric interior. Perfect as a runabout and an adorable collectible, this late model 2CV is not to be overlooked.
*Please note that this vehicle will not be sold for use or resale in California or to a non-dealer California resident.