The Citroën 2CV was designed by Flaminio Bertoni and has been in production for over 42 years. After the death of Andre Citroën and the takeover of Citroën by Michelin, the new Citroën leader decided to develop a car that could support French rural farmers. In order to find out what demands the French farmers had for a car, a survey was conducted. The outcome of the survey was clear. The biggest obstacle faced by the population was the fact that the current cars on the market were too expensive. For that reason, Citroën decided to create a car that matched the budget and expectation of a car of the French population. The Citroën 2CV was also called an umbrella on wheels by project leader Pierre-Jules Boulanger. The car had to meet two spearheads. Firstly, the car had to be able to transport several people and goods at the same time. In addition, the car had to be comfortable. The requirement was that the car with a box of eggs could go over an unprocessed piece of land without the eggs breaking.
The first prototype of the Citroën 2CV was remarkable. For example, the car had only one headlight to reduce costs. However, the car was mistaken for a motorcycle by an oncoming vehicle, after which it was decided that the prototype had two headlights. In 1939 Citroën wanted to present the prototype at the Salon de l'Automobile. This was no longer possible due to the Second World War. Finally, Citroën got the opportunity to exhibit their prototype at the Paris Salon in 1948. In 1949 the first 2CV had a top speed of 65 km/h. The car had only one taillight and the speed of the windshield wiper depended on the speed of the car at the time. Despite the fierce criticism from the media, the Citroën 2 CV enjoyed great success. In the blink of an eye, production rose to more than 6,000 cars.
In 1948 the car was equipped with an air-cooled 375 cc overhead valve engine, designed by Walter Becchia and Lucien Gerard. Over the years, hardly any changes were made to the engine. The only change was the increase in engine capacity. In 1995 the car had an engine with 425 cc. Thirteen years later, in 1968, the car got a 602 cc engine. Due to this increase, the tax scale of the car changed and the car became a 3CV. However, the name of the car remained unchanged. An exceptional feature of the Citroën 2CV was the gear lever that extended horizontally from the dashboard.
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