"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!
The model between the 2cv and the DS. Luxurious lines, soft seats, more powerful technology.
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.
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.
The construction of this HY is ready, the technology almost. The plan is to fill the open parts on the sides with wooden panels. But maybe you have different ideas, to make it really fit your business plans. So we paused our work on it, until we have discussed it with you.
Theziers is located near the Rhône, between Avignon and Nimes. Pont du Gard is just around the corner. In 1972, the Avon brothers, living in this village, ordered a new HY pickup for their company. The Carte Grise tells us they were agriculteurs, but not what kind and what the HY was used for. Yet I see images of a yellow sunny landscape, with that characteristic beautiful southern French light in front of me. With a little H-van rolling through it, filled with barrels of delicious wine.
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.
Once, a long, long time ago (2001…) an AZAM came from France to Holland. It was really solid, but had some dents and surface rust. The pedal box was the only constructive part that was less good. It found a new owner through us. He took a few years to get it restored to his taste.
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.
Text is time is money, so we keep it short to keep this 2cv affordable ...