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Citroen 2CV


Citroen 2CV

As a design brief, creating a car that would carry a basket of eggs across a ploughed field without breaking was more than a little odd. But that was Citroen design chief Pierre Boulanger's brief when it came to designing the 2CV. The result was a rather quirky little car that looked like an umbrella on wheels, but was incredibly tough, mechanically simple and fitted the original brief perfectly. The 2CV's ability to cross a rutted field meant it had incredible suspension travel, and that made for some rather entertaining handling characteristics. The body would lean massively in corners, but thanks to front wheel drive and light weight, it had incredible grip. Citroen was so confident in the 2CV's abilities that it offered the prize of a brand new car to the first person who rolled one on to its roof - and well over half a century later, the prize still hasn't been claimed.

Citroen 2CV Specifications

Top speed:41 mph (66 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):n/a
Engine type:flat-twin
Displacement:23 ci (375 cc)
Transmission:4-speed manual
Max power:9bhp(7kW)at3,500rpm
Max torque:16 lb ft (22 Nm) at 1,800 rpm
Weight:1,100 lb (495 kg)
Economy:63 mpg (22.4 km/I)
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