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Lot No. 327 - 1954 Citroen 2CV

Sold for: £10,340

'Le Grande Fromage' of Deux Chevaux. C'est magnifique!   Incredible restoration of this classic ripple-bonnet 2CV carried out for the guys at Practical Classics magazine by recognised Citroen specialists Has just returned from being driven on a 70-year Celebration of the 2CV trip to Levallois in France (its place of birth) and back The ownership story is fantastic, including a history of its storage and use within the last 50 years and more Now offered with its original paintwork in 'Gris Fonce', this 2CV created quite a stir when driven along the Champs Elysee 
Details Specification Condition Report
Year of manufacture:
1954
Make:
Citroen
Chassis number:
097843
Engine capacity:
375cc
Body colour:
AC118 Gris Fonce
LHD/RHD:
Left-hand Drive
Registration number:
362 MPO
Model:
2CV
Odometer Reading:
451

CCA Vendor Condition Report

Overall:

125 / 135

Exterior

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Remarks

Autopaints Brighton has carefully matched the paintwork and Nene Valley Body Repairs expertly ensured the correct matting agent to create the 2CV’s trademark ‘non-gloss’ finish. 2CVs of this vintage should not be shiny. The original manufacturing imperfections remained too, right down to the spot weld marks. If you ever see a shiny, perfectly straight ‘ripple bonnet’ 2CV, then it is not authentic! For safety, the headlights used are brand new and from a later 2CV model giving increased visibility at night.

Interior

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The seat cushions and roof are brand new. Aside from this, the interior retains it's original basic nature!

Engine

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Remarks

Original engine fully rebuilt top to bottom by Bourne Citroen Centre with replacement dynamo.

Transmission

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Original gearbox fully rebuilt by Bourne Citroen Centre.

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Retaining 6v electrics, the vehicle has been fitted with a brand new wiring loom, lights and replacement dynamo.

Vehicle History

Remarks

The car was bought new in France in 1954 and was imported to the UK by a Mr Brian Andrews of Barnet in 1963. He ran the car until 1975, when he stored the vehicle until it was bought by Citroen enthusiast David McWilliams in 1997. Mr McWilliams intended to restored the car but stored it instead, until James Walshe (Deputy Editor of Practical Classics magazine) bought the car in November 2017 and had the car fully stripped, restored and rebuilt at great cost, retaining the original chassis, shell and panels.

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