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With its tiny but capable engine, low price, and extraordinarily compliant suspension, the 2CV became one of the most prolific cars in postwar France and beyond. In 1958, Citroën introduced the Sahara variant, a special dual-engine four-wheel-drive vehicle built to traverse such regions as the vast tracts of desert that surrounded the French colonies of North Africa.
Typical of Citroën’s solution-focused thinking, the standard 2CV platform received a second engine fitted in the rear, ingeniously coupled through a single clutch and shift lever. Twin fuel tanks were relocated under the front seats, and the spare was relocated to the bonnet.
Ultimately versatile, the drop-top Sahara can run as a front-engine front drive, rear-engine rear drive, or dual-engine 4-wheel drive, depending upon the need of the moment. With both engines engaged, the Sahara is said to be capable of climbing at angles up to 45°. From 1958 to 1966, 694 Saharas were constructed, and it is estimated that as few as 27 remain. Originally sold in Switzerland, this Sahara includes operating manuals in both French and German.
The consignor purchased this Sahara in 1998 from its original owner, and submitted it to legendary Citroën authority and restorer Vincent Crescia for a recommissioning as needed, while preserving the car’s attractive patina. Believed to have covered approximately 64,000 km since new, this extremely rare and intact Sahara is a perfect conversation starter – with two starters!