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The Optimist

The december edition of The Optimist brings a happy article on our 2cvE. Hurray! Read the article and please follow their advise...

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Atelier-vondst

Sinterklaas wierp gisteren deze edel-eend in mijn schoot

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Hilke builds 2cvs

Seeing how a car is built is intriguing. The wedding between the body and the chassis, upholstery and cabling in it, all sheet metal assembled and hung. Nice to see how a collection of parts becomes a car. We enjoy working on it or looking at it being done ourselves, but we notice that it interests many customers as well. That's why you will find our finishing workshop right in our showroom, in plain sight.

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Finally 100km/h again!

After years of lobbying, the government has finally done what it has promised for years: adapt the speed of other traffic to that of the Citroën 2cv!

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The lady among the Sahara's, video Copy

Watch the video on our Sahara No. 556

The lady among the Sahara’s.

IIn January ’65, Mme. Peillon from St. Etienne bought this 2cv 4×4, then about one and a half years old. Where most Sahara’s were used by rough workmen, this one was acquired by a Professeur de Dessin, an art teacher.

Denise, her name, was also a musician, illustrated books and had an interest in nature and archeology. We found a book called Naissance de l’Époque, co illustrated by her in 1945. Around ’67 Denise rediscovered the historic source of Font Ria, near her residence. A place in the woods with a water well which the Romans and their predecessors used, and where flint tools were found.

A versatile and adventurous woman. Maybe Denise bought the Sahara to explore the hills and forests around her home and draw or paint there. We were told the bonnet with the spare wheel on it was changed for a normal ripple bonnet, as the original was too heavy for her to lift. The spare wheel didn’t fit in the back obviously, so it found its place on the roof. This adaptation was later on, in ’73, also used by a garagist near Grenoble because this Sahara was mainly used by his wife, using it in the French Alpes. This garagist, Marc Voisin, built 4×4 conversions on 2cv’s in the eighties, using a patented system based on a single engine. In 1990 these two paths crossed each other, when the Sahara was traded in for a 2cv Voisin at the garage of M. Voisin and his nephew. At that moment Denise’s granddaughter is the owner, but she feels it’s too difficult to operate the car.

Luc Palacios, the nephew, offered the car in La Vie de l’Auto, an iconic French classic car magazine. Just after it appeared Alan Brown, an Englishman living in the Vendée, entered his local Maison de Presse, got an LVA and was nailed to the ground when he read: “Citroën 2cv Sahara tel…”. The next day he was on the other side of France, buying his dream car, with then only 42.000km on the clock. The Sahara was picked up next September and driven home. A journey that started slowly and carefully, to get acquainted. The second day the confidence and speed grew, resulting in some XM-drivers left clueless after they had been overtaken by a classic 2cv with roaring engines, doing 120 kph.

In the following cold winter the Sahara showed its capacities. It kept the Brown family mobile and even pulled the Pastis perfumed neighbor and his Ford out of a ditch. On many occasions the Sahara was used, even to attend a Citroën meeting in the UK. Until in 2000 an offer is made that can’t be refused. With the mediation of an American Citroën broker, No. 556 travels to Arizona, USA. An American collector, with the same colourful last name, adds it to his collection. Fred Brown drives it occasionally at first, but later it’s just collecting dust. At the end of 2017 a friend of ours spots the car and we decide to buy it. In a container it returns to Europe.

We have not had such an original one before. The numbers of the technique, chassis and body have been checked at Citroëns Conservatoire, and they’re matching. Most Sahara’s, of which you may have seen some passing by in our garage, are seriously used and in desperate need of restoration to be ready for use again. No. 556 has only had some attention on its technique and the tires were replaced. And we dusted off some parts. We think not (much) more should be done to it and even the replaced bonnet has been with the car long enough to be a part of it and its history. Replacing it would be a shame, but feel free to decide for yourself, when you’re going to write its further history.

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2cvE in the spotlight

Now in the shops, Classics Cars Magazine. With an article about our electric 2cvE and the E-story, our electric Mehari. And the Financieel Dagblad also writes a article about it; nice!

Since the introduction in May we can’t complain about attention, we’ve already sold several, often completely customized. We are very busy with it, which has delayed the launch of our new website. Yes, there will be a lot of info about our electrical department. If you want to know more, do not hesitate to call or email.

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Immaculate beauty

We do not bring our Christmas wishes with a card or photos of the tree in our showroom (because that tree is still in the forest); we send you this almost immaculate red beauty, to enjoy. Enjoy your holidays!

Click here for our immaculate beauty.

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Which one did you like best?

A Top 2000 of what we have sold (ever) is a bit over the top, but when I browse through my photo files, a few cars really stand out for me. My Top 5 of 2018, in random order;

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Cool new entrance!

Just add some light bulbs and other finishing, and weke have a cool new entrance!

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Nice article on Drivetribe

The guys from Detour Car Blog wrote a nice article on our garage and posted it on Drivetribe. Cool!

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E-story, réplique électrique de Mehari

To restore and convert a car to electric is pricey and, in many European countries, impossible. So why not build a completely new one!
Our partner in southern France, Mehari Loisirs, noticed that Meharis in the area were mostly used to cover short distances, and did not have to reach very high speeds. At the same time, demand for electric cars was growing for environmental and tranquility-related reasons. They developed the E-story.
Because of its light weight and maximum speed of 85 km/h, the E-Story falls in a similar vehicle category as, for example, a Renault Twizy. Smart decisions and series production allow for prices to remain relatively low. This L7e-class does set strict criteria on safety and build quality, hence a roll-cage and 3-point seatbelt mounting points were developed and several other improvements were made, tested and certified. As such, you can get a registration in the Netherlands which will allow this car on all roads.
Urban drive, beach-mobile, cool company car, you name it; we can see a market for this. We very recently became importers and literally got this car from France last Thursday, so we could show it here. Getting our hands on one was a challenge in itself, as the demand for these cars is quickly growing – and so will production.
It is available in 3 versions and in 3 levels of luxury, soon more detailed info on this.  To see more pictures, please check our For Sale page.
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The first fast-charging 2cv

As a kid, Sander was never allowed toys with batteries in them. And look at him now!

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E-story | NL

The first E-story with a Dutch registration. Looking good in beautiful blue!

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Hollands’ most beautiful museum, by Edwin Groen.

It started in a barn, that got fuller and fuller. Then they were displayed in a former garage, so more people could visit them. Now more than 300 2cv’s are shown in an enormous building in Andijk, and you can visit them too! On the museums’ new website you can find all the details. www.eendenmuseum.nl

PS. This green duck is in my top 5 of the collection, but it’s hard to choose…

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Beautiful moments

Opposite our garage you find garage de Zeemeeuw (the Seagull), a company specialised in British classic cars. The name finds its origin in a pre-war bus service between the North sea and the Zuiderzee (now a lake called IJsselmeer). Often oddball car-stuff passes by at this garage. When was the last time you saw a Rover SD1, an Austin Princess or Allegro? Well, this last one has been in our view for some time now, orange/brown, original Dutch ’74 registration with DA in the middle.

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Holiday 2018

From July 26st until August 6st we’re closed. Sometimes one of us is working and can help with an emergency repair or show you around our showroom, but only on appointment. In the weekend of  August 10-11-12 we’ll be at the 100 year Citroën-meeting at the island of Maurik; be there!

Enjoy the summer!

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The lady among the Sahara's, video

Watch the video on our Sahara No. 556

The lady among the Sahara’s.

IIn January ’65, Mme. Peillon from St. Etienne bought this 2cv 4×4, then about one and a half years old. Where most Sahara’s were used by rough workmen, this one was acquired by a Professeur de Dessin, an art teacher.

Denise, her name, was also a musician, illustrated books and had an interest in nature and archeology. We found a book called Naissance de l’Époque, co illustrated by her in 1945. Around ’67 Denise rediscovered the historic source of Font Ria, near her residence. A place in the woods with a water well which the Romans and their predecessors used, and where flint tools were found.

A versatile and adventurous woman. Maybe Denise bought the Sahara to explore the hills and forests around her home and draw or paint there. We were told the bonnet with the spare wheel on it was changed for a normal ripple bonnet, as the original was too heavy for her to lift. The spare wheel didn’t fit in the back obviously, so it found its place on the roof. This adaptation was later on, in ’73, also used by a garagist near Grenoble because this Sahara was mainly used by his wife, using it in the French Alpes. This garagist, Marc Voisin, built 4×4 conversions on 2cv’s in the eighties, using a patented system based on a single engine. In 1990 these two paths crossed each other, when the Sahara was traded in for a 2cv Voisin at the garage of M. Voisin and his nephew. At that moment Denise’s granddaughter is the owner, but she feels it’s too difficult to operate the car.

Luc Palacios, the nephew, offered the car in La Vie de l’Auto, an iconic French classic car magazine. Just after it appeared Alan Brown, an Englishman living in the Vendée, entered his local Maison de Presse, got an LVA and was nailed to the ground when he read: “Citroën 2cv Sahara tel…”. The next day he was on the other side of France, buying his dream car, with then only 42.000km on the clock. The Sahara was picked up next September and driven home. A journey that started slowly and carefully, to get acquainted. The second day the confidence and speed grew, resulting in some XM-drivers left clueless after they had been overtaken by a classic 2cv with roaring engines, doing 120 kph.

In the following cold winter the Sahara showed its capacities. It kept the Brown family mobile and even pulled the Pastis perfumed neighbor and his Ford out of a ditch. On many occasions the Sahara was used, even to attend a Citroën meeting in the UK. Until in 2000 an offer is made that can’t be refused. With the mediation of an American Citroën broker, No. 556 travels to Arizona, USA. An American collector, with the same colourful last name, adds it to his collection. Fred Brown drives it occasionally at first, but later it’s just collecting dust. At the end of 2017 a friend of ours spots the car and we decide to buy it. In a container it returns to Europe.

We have not had such an original one before. The numbers of the technique, chassis and body have been checked at Citroëns Conservatoire, and they’re matching. Most Sahara’s, of which you may have seen some passing by in our garage, are seriously used and in desperate need of restoration to be ready for use again. No. 556 has only had some attention on its technique and the tires were replaced. And we dusted off some parts. We think not (much) more should be done to it and even the replaced bonnet has been with the car long enough to be a part of it and its history. Replacing it would be a shame, but feel free to decide for yourself, when you’re going to write its further history.

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2cv A '50 Federspiel at Citromobile 2018

Short after the war, Jean Federspiel placed antennas with ingenious technique on top of the Eiffel tower, in order to provide France with radio and television signal. The electrical engineer had more than a few talents and also developed a spring system that was comfortable, able to maintain a constant height, and also actively counter-tilted in turns. To test the system, he developed several devices including a few large drums on which the test car could be placed. The drums were made to simulate quite a bad and rocky road.

As his test car, he used this 2CV A from 1950 – one of the first 2CVs. A hydraulic cylinder was mounted to its[trekstangen] and carrying arms to make and catch the movements. The [veerpotten] and shock absorbers remained in use. A liquid reservoir was placed under the bonnet and a hydraulic pump was driven by a belt from the crankshaft. The 9pk strong engine must have had a tough time.

The cabin was introduced to some control engineering: a shuttle[pendel] on the dashboard to determine the slope, valves under the chairs to drive the cylinders, a manometer, several stops and a storage tank. Up until now we thought we were quite technical, but we haven’t been able to make much sense of what’s all inside this car…

Federspiel took his invention to Citroën in 1955, but returned disillusioned: turns out they had already designed something similar themselves! This suspension was introduced on the Traction, but worked most perfectly on the DS. Still, the idea of active suspension with counter-tilting was only reapplied much later, in the Xantia Activa. Other brands in the more luxury segment followed even later. You can find articles on this car in a recent and future edition of Citroexpert.

It’s a miracle to find a prototype of over 60 years of age, especially since the project was not followed up directly. It stayed with a family first and with a collector later. The collector recently offered a few of his cars to auction in Fontainebleau, where we were able to buy this 2CV, along with another great exemplar from ’49 (the oldest complete 2CV in the world?), for the Netherlands’ most beautiful museum. You can visit to admire both of them on appointment.

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Promo-video 2cv4 Spécial

Nice! The promotion video for our 2cv4 Spécial has already been made! I’m suddenly talking French, sorry for that…

Klik hier om de video te bekijken.

 

 

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2cvgarage Young Drivers Service

We found this leaflet in our archive, with a very sympathetic offer. In ’80 Citroën Amsterdam introduced a service in order to invite more youth to drive a 2cv, the Citroën Young Drivers Service. It was valid for people under 25 and existed of the following benefits;

-500,- guilders discount on the listed price

-100,- guilders discount if you polished your own car before delivery (materials provided)

-100,- or 150,- guilders discount on accessories.

In total a discount of 750,- guilders, supplemented with a free technical course (so you would now what to do if your car fails), the Dutch equivalent of the Haynes technical manual and 10% discount on parts.

 

 

We have some customers under 25, not a lot, but we’d like to welcome more. Why not equal Citroëns offer!

So if you’re under 25 and buy a 2cv at our garage, we give you a 750,- Euro discount on your purchase. You have to wax it yourself, so you will learn how to keep it protected. We also teach you the technical basics of the car, so you won’t be completely helpless when your car might have a hick up. We provide you with a Haynes manual (we learned from it as well) and on top of that you get a 10% discount on parts or repairs you get from us, until you’re 25.

Youngsters of Holland (and surroundings) come to us!

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Eendengarage 2.0

We have moved!

The last few months we’ve been really busy, and thus neglected our news section. Finally here’s an update.

We were looking for more space and found it just around the corner, in the Stofkuipstraat. A former paper factory had been empty for years and showed to be a real opportunity for us. At the end of August we had the transfer. After that we started to rebuild, adapt and arrange the new building, moving all our stuff and clearing out the old garage at the Eendrachtstraat. Since the beginning of February someone else is opening the door there.

The new building offers an enormous volume for our cars and parts, much more space to work in and everything can be stored inside. A nice place to maintain, repair or restore your current or future 2cv or derivative. Also fit for expansion and beautiful future plans.

In the factory they used to make party garlands, crepe paper, wrapping paper and lots more. The buildings we bought housed the offices, storage, expedition and the actual “factory”. In the storage building the large paper rolls were replaced by our 2cv’s. The expedition department now is our workshop for welding and bodywork. There used to to be a lot of large machinery in the former “factory”, now it is a spacious workshop with 5 car lifts.  6,5 meter high and 1500 sq meters is really great to have, but it’s more efficient with a story floor in it. Here you can now find our parts storage, an office and several cars. Beneath and next to it there are storage for larger parts and projects and an overhaul workshop.

We didn’t need 500 sq meters of offices, which were moreover next to the street. So we demolished them. This part of the building will soon be our showroom, we hope to be ready before summer. Of course there will be a grand opening. Before that you’re welcome as well, we improved the coffee, so come on over to enjoy all of it! Or just get an impression with the pictures below.
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2cv in Africa (finale)

Our man and woman in Africa (finale)
Richard and Rosaly have already been captured by Dutch hectic daily life, after their adventure in Africa. Here are some pictures of the last part of their journey to Benin. Beautiful to see the variety in landscapes, that they also have Citroëns there, some nice examples of business opportunities and that the locals even appreciate silly Dutchies (in their banana-outfit)…

It has been an adventurous trip, of which we here parts every day in our workshop. Nice! In a few weeks the 2cv will be back as well, so it can be prepared for Dutch commuting…

Some more pictures can be seen here; Album 2cv in Africa finale

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2cv '55 Slough

Last weekend my son and I had a nice adventure. We found this 2cv on Facebook and were intrigued immediately: this one had to go to the museum. Off to the UK!

It’s a ‘55 Slough-build 2cv, one of only 672 produced. We don’t really know how it started its live, but it ended up in a garage for a 25+ year-stay near the sea-side in Hastings. The garage door got stuck, the roof rusted away, the 2cv was more and more exposed to the elements. It got forgotten, until a few weeks ago the new owner of the premises opened the roof to see what was inside the garage. He asked his contractor to replace the doors and roof of the garage and get the 2cv out, but later on decided to see if Facebook could generate interest for it. And it did…

After we made the deal we planned the pick up. Of course it had to be documented, in which the seller happily participated. When we first opened the doors we were stunned by the amount of rust… but we fell in love more and more with every inch we towed it out of the garage. It’s so original, with all those Slough (English Citroën-factory) details: the roof, interior, bonnet-ornament, hubcaps, bumpers, head-lights, RHD and hinged windows on the rear doors. Are we going to restore it: no! It’s going to be on display as it is, it will tell an even nicer story (and we already have a restored one…). And if you have any information adding to its history, please let us know!!!!

Here you can find more pictures.

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Happy 2017

2016 was a great year for us. Nice work, beautiful finds, kind customers with whom we figured out quite some nice projects. Not to forget the fun we had among the guys in the workshop. In 2017 we’ll go on doing all this, but we have some new plans as well. Plans to extend the garage, plans for interesting restoration projects and plans for more intense cooperations. Also smaller plans, like getting my first 2cv back on the road together with my son (kept it in the attic for ages). Plan is he will drive it afterwards, the next generation of 2cv-drivers!

We wish you a lot of fun, success and wisdom with all your plans this new year, 2cv-related or not…

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la Grande Finale

The start of a nice new project: the restoration of our last M35’s. Our Nouvelle Opération M35 started with 16 cars in a rack. The cars gradually found new owners and, often with the co-operation of other owners, several found their way to the road again. Also the project initiated the reproduction of several new parts.

We stashed the last M35’s in a corner of our garage,but now we made a start on them: la Grande Finale! We’ll keep you posted here and on our other page facebook.com/citroenm35/ .

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2cv AZL '55 Fernmist Green

We found the 2cv of Thomson and Thompson! You probably read the comic, the Castafiore Emerald, one of Tintin’s adventures. In the specific scene our (anti) heroes with bowler hats drive up with a light green 2cv AZL, of course from the Belgian factory, and hit the rear-end of a truck.

This type of 2cv’s was only produced in Belgium, only for the Benelux and some other countries. They weren’t available in France, their models were more modest an only available in grey. The AZL was the summum of luxury back then (for a 2cv, that is): a lot of shiny details, seat frames in the exterior color, a boot lid, rear lights on the wings and all kinds of Belgian production-specific parts. Like the steering wheel, the specific Tartan seat covers and the dashboard with water tap-shaped switches.

We had quite a lot of them here back then, but now they’ve become quite rare. Certainly in this condition, only 21.000km and in completely original condition. We found it for Holland’s most beautiful museum, Edwin Groen’s 2cv collection. It was with another collector, but until a few years ago it was still parked in a garage with its first owners family. It was bought in ‘55 at Garage de la Collégiale in Nivelles (Belgium). Until the mid-sixties it was driven, then tucked away in a dry garage. It has been very well preserved, with some marks of use. On the rear bench these were caused by the families cat, which was allowed to sleep in it occasionally.

You probably already understood it was not really Thomson and Thompson’s car, but be clear; these gentlemen didn’t really exist and the 2cv should have been totaled at the front…. To see more pictures,  click here

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We want more 2cv's!

The last few months we’ve sold quite a lot and –due to the projects we’re doing- we haven’t had the time to find or restore new cars for our stock. We’ve bought some cars which we’re going to restore or respray in the oncoming weeks. Here’s a list of what you can expect to appear on our website:

-2cv6 Charleston burgundy/black ‘86 original NL 64.000km, completely restored
-2cv6 Vert Palmeraie ‘74 original NL 99.000km, completely restored
-Dyane 6 Gris Sable ‘70 import Spain, 68.000km, getting a respray
-AZAM6 Rouge Cornaline ‘67 original NL 137.000km, completely restored
-2cv6 Club Blanc Meije ‘88 import Germany 65.000km, completely restored

We’re also looking for nice, (almost) ready cars, so if you have any tips…

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Next Generation!

Op de foto: mijn aanwinst! Sinds een aantal weken rijd ik in deze extravagante cabrio rond. Dit beest van ’n wagen heeft al vele hoofden laten draaien en samen hebben we al enkele liters angstzweet gekweekt bij alle slachtoffers die van mij een rondje mee moesten rijden. En de inhaalteller staat al op 23. Nee, hoogstens een kwart daarvan bestaat uit tractors.

De eend: er is geen moment in mijn leven geweest waarop hij géén rol speelde. Hoewel ik altijd meer een paardenmeisje was (don’t get me wrong: ben! En zal blijven!), kon ik als klein kind al enorm blij worden van die rare auto’s van mijn vader. Het schattige aanzicht, het van mijlenver herkenbare geratel van de motor, de achtbaanvering en eigenlijk elk detail tot aan de deurklinkjes alleen al maken de eend voor mij de échte auto. Hoe gaaf is het dan om op je achttiende de sleutels van die van jezelf in handen te hebben?!

Mijn trots heeft hier en daar z’n littekens, maar die geven hem juist karakter. Hij werd in ’70 als 2cv4 gebouwd en is inmiddels een 6-je geworden. Verder weet ik er weinig van, want technisch gezien ben ik nog in de leer. Oké, praktisch gezien eigenlijk ook. Die flitsende combinatie vormen mijn eend en ik namelijk niet elke dag. We hebben zo onze ups en downs… laten we het daar maar bij houden. 😉 Niettemin ben ik héél erg blij en dankbaar voor alle avonturen die ik met deze sjees beleef en kijk ik uit naar wat er nog komen gaat.

Ik begrijp nu hoe de eendrijder zich voelt. Bedankt papa, dat jij dit gevoel mogelijk maakt!

Caro Aalderink.

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Ducks at Ibiza

Last week we visited our good friend Ramon of Ducks United Ibiza. Ramon has worked in our garage and started his 2cv-rental service in 2009. Now he has a vividly coloured fleat of 2cv’s. Pink, orange, painted in hippie-style or just in authentic lavender-bleu or beige, he has them all.

2cv-driving is the most fun way of transport on this island with its collection of beautiful beaches. With a normal rental car you will probably be stopped by the first rock you encounter on your way to another fantastic bay, with these duckies you just wobble on. With open roof and good music coming from your speakers.

Highly recommended!! Check the Ducks United Ibiza website.

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Filet Meharienne

Today finally found some time to take the Mehari apart (that one that had been stored in a garage for 20 years, remember?) Very delicate job, drilling away all rivets without damaging the plastic, which we want to use again. The metal under it crumbled under our hands, even more when we sneezed… More info soon.

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AZAM 6

Throughout my career as Sander Aalderink’s wife I have naturally seen endless amounts of 2cvs come by. Each time I’m at the garage, I walk around the showroom to see if any nice cars have come or gone. Some models or colours are looked at a bit longer than others…

You’d think I would have seen everything by now, but sometimes, you run into something special – like yesterday! An Azam 6 just got in and I got a glimpse of a picture… What is this??? That colour! It wouldn’t leave my mind and I started to get nervous about the idea of this beauty getting sold before… So after an astonishing test ride today, driving with the biggest smile on my face, I knew I had to take this opportunity! This is what joy is – and oh, how lucky am I! Welcome, Azam 6!

Hanneke Verdegaal

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Portrait AZU

Roel is one of our enthusiastic clients. A while ago he had his AZU truckette portrayed by an artist. Enjoy the pictures of the process Fotoalbum schilderij , you can see more of the artists work at www.petervanderploeg.nl

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Another 2cv ready for delivery.

Our costumer was looking for a really fresh color, which this Jaune Rialto certainly is!

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A cheery bunch of cars in our workshop!

A cheery bunch of cars in our workshop! (Almost) ready or just getting started, for cusomers in the US, Switzerland and France and two cars for our showroom. Soon more on them.

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33 ton 2cv-onderdelen

33 ton 2cv-onderdelen, een eend weegt 560kg; daar kunnen we 58,9 eenden van bouwen! We hebben de inventaris van een collega-eendengarage overgenomen, waar we twee zeecontainers en flink wat stapelbakken mee gevuld hebben. Dus voorlopig weer genoeg voorraad om eendjes te restaureren. Sorry, helaas geen losse verkoop, alleen als onderdeel van een volledig gerestaureerde eend…

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New Mehari's

Next to 2CVs, we also work on Meharis. With the same care and according to your personal taste.

From maintenance on your own Mehari to building a new one. An old 2-seater in beige with a good used engine, or rather a yellow 4-seater with all its technique completely revised? Whether you like intense red, bright yellow, authentic beige, grass green, sunny orange, clear white, or camouflage green – it’s all possible!

This Mehari has a newly galvanised chassis and tubular frame. The engine, gearbox and the rest of the technique has been revised or renewed. Various parts have been repainted or powdercoated, all plastic and many other parts are new.

We chose an older type of body with graceful wings on the sides, and the nice grille and dashboard. But that’s our taste. Perhaps you like to see it differently – let us know!

Rates naturally depend on your wishes. This car, once ready, will cost € 23.950,- incl. VAT.

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Rouge de Castille

2cv6 Spécial ’81 Rouge de Castille

Deze week kregen we een mooie schuurvondst binnen; stilgestaan vanaf ’99, maar 49.000km, fraaie kleur. Een heel mooie basis voor restauratie. In eerste instantie lijkt zo’n eend goed zoals hij is, maar als je gaat demonteren merk je dat je op een boel punten mooi op tijd ingrijpt. We gaan ‘m weer klaarmaken voor nog eens 35 jaar.

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2cvgarage at ICCCR 2016

And where else would we be than… the ICCCR. And of course the weather will clear up soon!! Today Ruben will explain to you everything about electric 2CVs, how we restore our cars and what gems we find here and there in Europe. Stand 45, next to my brother Freek’s beautiful New Old Stock parts at NOS 2CV.

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Vert Palmeraie at ICCCR

We really enjoyed the ICCCR. Seen lots of nice cars, spoken to their proud owners and had a lot of fun. The 2cv’s on our stand were much appreciated; the AK 400 (sold on the way to the ICCCR!!) rapidly replaced by a 32.000km original red 2cv, but the 2cv in Vert Palmeraie really stole the show. It’s still under construction, we only got it in from our painter two days before the meeting. We’ve put some extra effort into it, to surprise the new owner; he was really happy!
We also got a lot of questions on where we got the new Harlequin seat covers. Well, at our colleague Ami de la 2cv.

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Preview

In July we showed our newest barnfind, this 2cv in Rouge de Castille. Now it’s (almost) finished!

The body has been restored, chassis replaced, technique thoroughly checked, fresh paint applied and been able to preserve several nice details. Soon on our website.

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Should one compare old and new....?

Let’s call it a generation gap!

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Create your own 2cv

Quite often we build 2cv’s to our clients specific wishes, mostly we stay quite near the original. But if you like to let yourself go and make your own design, Kurt from France has developed a fantastic tool for you. We already played with it for some hours, but we will try not to affect you. Have fun with it yourself and show us your dream 2cv!
http://www.my2cv.org/
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We love the wideness!!

Our 2cvgarage started in June 2000 at the Eendrachtstraat 13c with 120 square meters. In 2002 another 120 meters were added for a showroom at 13b, followed by a large workshop at 13a in 2005. Currently we have about 900 meters (and a lot of space outside) full of 2cv’s and friends. With adding spaces our building was a bit split-up; we fixed that last week. With some construction work and others jobs, we created a large space. So now we have a nice view at the cars in the showroom and in the attic, while working in the workshop. We love the wideness!!

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Bouwpakket AK 400

Deze AK 400 heeft slechts 18.000km gereden, bij een zusterorde in midden-Frankrijk. Onze klant wil ‘m weer als nieuw hebben, dus alles uit elkaar en flink wat archeologisch onderzoek doen.

Om het overzicht een beetje te houden maar alles op een rijtje gelegd…..ach, eigenlijk was het gewoon voor het leuke plaatje! www.2cvgarage.nl

This AK 400 has been used for just 18.000km, by the sisters of Loubeyrat. Our client wants it to be restored to showroom condition, so we took it apart completely and did quite some 2cv-archeology.

To keep a proper overview we organized the parts in our workshop….ah, to be honest it was just for the nice picture! www.2cvgarage.nl

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Cross-eend ondersteboven

Uit de buurt werden afgeschreven eendjes (volgens een heel andere norm dan nu…hadden we ze nog maar!) dan ook regelmatig bij hem neergezet. Ze eindigden dan in onderdelen bij hem in de schuur: de onderdelen werden weer op de eenden van familie en kennissen gebruikt of ze werden gebruikt om de cross-eend weer inzetbaar te krijgen. Op de foto is te zien dat dat soms zeker nodig was…. scherp op het randje rijden eindigde ook wel eens ondersteboven. Maar lol heeft hij er mee gehad!! Deze foto hing uitvergroot bij hem thuis: we moesten altijd weer lachen als we er langs liepen.

Overigens werd hier geen echte SPOT geofferd, wees gerust…… Het kleurenschema van de SPOT van mijn tante diende wel als voorbeeld.

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Citroën H '54 Coccinelle

Het is een camper op basis van een Citroën H pick up uit ‘54. Deze H werd nieuw gekocht door M. Leroy, waarna hij de tijd nam om een camper-ontwerp te maken dat helemaal naar zijn zin was. Met de gedetailleerde tekeningen ging hij naar de firma Le Bastard in de buurt van Rouen, bekend om zijn excentrieke automobiele bouwsels voor de Tour de France-karavaan. In ‘57 was hij klaar en kreeg de naam Coccinelle 3, z’n vorm zal er mee te maken hebben gehad –of de natuurlijke versie van de kever en die van VW nummer 1 en 2 waren vertelt het verhaal tot nu toe nog niet. Voor zover de voorgaande eigenaren en wij hebben kunnen uitvinden is het het enig gebouwde exemplaar. Jaren geleden is al eens aandacht aan ‘m besteed in het Franse blad Rétroviseur en er is zelfs een schaal-modelletje van in de handel!

Een koelkast, keuken, 2 ruime slaapplekken, behoorlijk veel ramen en daklichten, veel opbergruimte en een aparte badruimte met ingenieus toilet: hij heeft het allemaal. De carrosserie is een stuk breder dan die van de standaard-H en de lengte is ook behoorlijk aangepast, bij een ongewijzigde wielbasis. Je gaat eigenlijk met een rugzak op reis. Het front heeft een fraaie fifties-stijl, maar de kont maakt ‘m echt uniek qua vorm -een soort slankere, Franse versie van de Airstream.

In ‘80 verkocht M. Leroy ‘m aan iemand in departement Hérault, hij liet de auto in een iets ander kleurenschema herspuiten, maar bracht verder nagenoeg geen wijzigingen aan. In totaal hebben de 3 eigenaren er slechts 26.000 vakantie-kilometers opgezet. Daarbij is hij echt heel netjes onderhouden; het is de eerste HY die we uit Frankrijk binnenkrijgen die op een kleinigheid na gelijk door de APK kan en goed en recht remt! Overigens heeft hij al een nieuwe, Nederlandse eigenaar…

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Citromobile 2015, garage gesloten

Als je iets terug wil doen: like https://www.facebook.com/2cvgarage en / of https://www.facebook.com/LingerakPhotography. Blijf je gelijk op de hoogte. Maar voel je zeker niet verplicht. Dat is de ware eenden-gedachte toch? Vrijheid, blijheid!

Mocht je een groter bestand nodig hebben (een vergroting aan de de muur van je garage?) stuur dan even een mail.

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2cv SPOT

Last year we finished our own 2cv4 SPOT, one of only 5 original Dutch registered cars surviving, it’s currently in the 2cv-museum. Some years ago we restored one of the others, and now we have it for sale!! The owner doesn’t drive it often enough to his opinion and decided that someone else should get the opportunity to enjoy it, it’s up to us to find that lucky one. So if you have the feeling you regretfully had to let the previous one pass, this is your chance!!

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Just back from the painter

Just got this beauty in from the painter, Jaune Mimosa!!!! Oooohhwwww, I can hardly wait to get started on it!!!!!!

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Brand new 2cv

Yesterday we picked up this brand new 2cv in Germany. Nooo, it really has no 1 in front of the zeroes!!! It has been a showroom piece for years. Luckily you don’t have to go check if you have space in your garage; it already has a new owner…

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Barn find

This weeks barn find; an original Dutch Mehari. It has been in storage this way for about 20 years, but had the same owner for much longer. In the eighties it was used as daily transport, until the chassis became to rusty. It was pushed into the garage, awaiting restoration. This restoration will now be our goal! We would like to change the chassis and tubular frame and refresh all technical components, but leave the patinated body as it is; what do you think?

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New website

To celebrate our 15th birthday, we gave ourselves a new website. Possibly you already saw it last week while we were testing it. With beautiful images and sincere stories we try to show the enthousiasm we feel for our work, or even better, infect you with it.

You can find our choice of cars and items on what adventures we have and what we come across. A start has been made with a presentation of colors and types, so you can get ideas on your future 2cv or just wander around a bit. These items as well as the archive on sold cars will be extended in the near future. The English version will be online soon.

We’re very happy with the result, but certainly are curious about your opinion!

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For sale: Mehari hippie-style

As the beige Mehari we posted earlier isn’t up for sale yet, here’s another opportunity to buy one! I’m cleaning out our attic and came to the conclusion that I’m going to help find this happy little car a new owner. Sorry, as with his larger brothers: it can’t be a bargain….

More pictures in our Toys shop

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New arrival

Ami 6 Berline 01/’62 51.000km Blanc Carrare

As original as it gets, more info soon.

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Back from holidays

Just returned from holidays and already back in business again! One Beige Colorado 2cv almost finished and one ready for the paintshop… Both for clients in the US!!

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