The CitroÁ«n 2CV: The French Farmer's Favorite Car - Modern Farmer

The CitroÁ«n 2CV: The French Farmer’s Favorite Car

Created with rural users in mind, the CitroÁ«n 2CV was designed to fit four comfortably, traverse tough country roads, transport a flat of eggs across a ploughed field without breaking, and was affordable and fuel-efficient.

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The CitroÁ«n 2CV, or Deux Chevaux (“steam horse”) elicited giggles when it debuted at the 1948 Paris Motor Show. The tiny, practical car resembled a grey snail on wheels.

 

Created with rural users in mind, it was designed to fit four comfortably, traverse tough country roads, transport a flat of eggs across a ploughed field without breaking, and was affordable and fuel-efficient.

 

 

The little car triumphed over mockery and become a beloved icon of design and engineering driven by people from all walks of life.

 

 

 

Blue and red models followed, Bakelite steering wheels were added – there was even the 1958 2CV Sahara built to, yes, travel sandy slopes. Production ceased in 1990 but love for the automobile has not waned – an army of devoted fans have formed clubs to celebrate the car built for farmers.

 

 

Top three images courtesy of Citroen Conservatoire

4 courtesy of Shutterstock

5 courtesy of Flickr user AldenJewell / CC 2.0

6 courtesy of Flickr user openroads.com / CC 2.0

8, 9, 10 and 11 courtesy of Flickr user Hugo90 / CC 2.o

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