We build our 2CVE on our EV chassis. A galvanised frame, containing the batteries. This gives it a nice low center of gravity, the extra weight presses it a little more into the springs providing more comfort.
In '51 an commercial version of the 2CV was launched, the AU. The Model A Utilitaire had only 9 hp and could carry 250 kg. In '54 the engine power was increased to 12 hp and the van was called AZU.
Every collection has a start. Mine - and eventually my garage - started with a ’82 2cv6 Spécial Bleu Lagune. I bought it in '92 and still have it. This 2cv was bought in the early 1970s by a collector-to-be in the Netherlands. He drove it, loved it and became seriously Citrophile.
The service from Van Gompel from Eindhoven was lightning fast. They started as a Citroën specialist in the 1970s. In order to be able to quickly respond to customers in need of help, they had this Dyane 6 as their first service vehicle. It was equipped with a 4-cylinder boxer from the GS and therefore ran a bit quicker than the standard 602cc.
A 2v in black, a sought-after color. We found most of them in Belgium, but never saw them in Germany and France. Here in the Netherlands they were only delivered sparingly, most of them in '87. This is an early one, registered on January 17, '86, but built on November 7, '85.
After two decades of 375 and 425 cc, the 2CV4 came onto the market in '70 with 435cc. Not a big difference in cc's, and only 3 hp more, but the character of the engine was different; it could rev more, even to the point of a turbine-like howl. The 2CV6, introduced shortly afterwards, was also aimed at higher revs.
All that green, yellow and orange looks fantastic in those old Polaroid photos. You would like a time machine to take you back to see the streets full of what we now consider automotive delicacies. To recapture part of that era, we often transform a younger 2cv into a seventies model!
After the AU and AZU, the AK 350 was a further development of the 2cv van. Based on the heavier chassis of the Ami 6 and its technique with a larger 602cc engine, a longer model was built, with more loading capacity.
One of those luxurious 2cvs, in red and black, please; someone thought in '87 and ordered this Charleston. Later in its life this wish was expressed several more times, since its import in Holland in 2006 it had two more owners.
We often hunt for new, newer, newest and exceptional cars. But just as often we have fun coming across a nice, appealing car. Like this Dyane. It was offered to us by a nice man in Spain, who sold it for the first owners. The Dyane immediately looked at us in the photos, the deal and contact went smoothly, that's how it should go.
Before the war, Citroën developed a revolutionary car, with a self-supporting body and front-wheel drive, which was soon popularly called the Traction Avant.
With the Charleston, Citroën brought a bit of chic to the 2cv. Not everyone was charmed by it, but this was also met with, after red/black and grey/dark grey, a very colorful version in yellow/black.