In the sixties, the Loiret area still looked quite peaceful, providing nice landscapes to drive across. In the village of Amilly, near Montargis, lived M. Perronnet. In 1964, he decided to allow himself some comfort and so he bought an Ami 6. Would the name of village have played a role in his choice for this model? I like to think so.
In 2002, we bought this 2CV near Albi - at that time it had covered barely 40.000 km. We asked the friendly woman who bought it if she could please contact us, should she ever consider getting rid of it again. To be honest, I never wanted to sell this car in the first place. But with a starting company, you can’t afford to keep everything you like.
After years of simplicity, a more luxurious 2cv entered the market in '63. Europe was gaining economic strength, reflected by the increase of different car models. After the more luxurious Ami from '61, this model was a logical model between that and the regular 2cv. France got the AZAM, Belgium the AZM3 and later the AZAM6, with a stronger engine.
We have met people before that had rushed to order a 2cv at the end of the French or Portuguese production. Some where used, others immediately stored, in the attic, a barn or in a showroom. That’s what happened to this car, in this case at Citroën dealer Terlouw in Dalem.
We found this 2CV in Millau. It’s lived there its whole life. Built in the summer of ’85, it was delivered to Millau through dealer Monju. The Costes family ordered it in the Club edition, which wasn’t too common in France. Most of the later 2CVs were the more simplistic Spécials – with a Club, you chose luxury.
A traveler, and yet it has relatively few road experience. Early this century we found it in the Ardêche, with a mere 30.000km on the clock. We sold it. It stayed in Holland first, but was then taken to a holiday home in Spain. Its only wear was caused by the sun, which battered the paint.
In March '63 the AZAM entered the French market, a more luxurious 2cv between the basic model and the Ami. Equipped with luxurious upholstery and the shiny details on the outside. It also meant a new model for the Belgian production in Forest, as a successor to the AZL. It became the AZM3, an AZAM but with a third side window; the French didn’t that any earlier than '65.
Many people have a car that they dream of, including us. A few years ago one of our employees thought it should happen. He wanted to build his ultimate 2cv, suitable for quite a variety of uses, in his favorite color and with all kinds of details that he liked. A dream 2cv.
"Garage Simon, Villeneuve sur Lot", tells the sticker on the back of this 2cv. Mr. Simon must have been the local Citroën dealer. He pointed the first owner to the undeniable benefits of a 2cv, which could be further enhanced with the ENAC accessories.
Sometimes you just don't know much about a car, just the recent history.
We still meet them from time to time, former AZAM6 owners in the sixties and seventies. They always remember that it wasn't just a 2cv, it was such a fast one!
Where in modern life change and development are the norm, at times it seems wise to stand still. Contemplate on things you take for granted and other philosophical considerations, but also see the beauty of situations that hardly change, or only very slowly.