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Thursday 12 September 2019

1964 CITROEN 2CV AZU AK350 LIGHT VAN - HISTORICS AUCTIONEERS Saturday 21st September 2019 Mercedes Benz World Weybridge, Surrey

Saturday 21st September 2019
Mercedes Benz World
Weybridge, Surrey

Registration No: GHU 308H
Chassis No: 9013370
Estimate £9,000 - £12,000

  • Righthand drive example
  • Fitted with a 602cc engine
The Citroën 2CV is, unquestionably, one of the most important European cars of all time. It helped to put the French working class on wheels, especially important after the ravages of WWII and offered basic transportation, a boon to the French economy both from transportation and a manufacturing standpoint. It was technologically advanced and innovative but with uncompromisingly utilitarian and unconventional looks and deceptively simple Bauhaus inspired bodywork that belied the sheer quality of its underlying engineering. It is considered one of Citroën's most iconic cars. In 1953, 'Autocar' in a technical review of the car wrote of, "...the extraordinary ingenuity of this design, which is undoubtedly the most original since the Model T Ford”. It was designed for low cost, simplicity of use, versatility, reliability and off-road driving. For this it had a light, easily serviceable engine, extremely soft long travel suspension (with adjustable ride height), high ground clearance and for oversized loads a car-wide canvas sunroof.
This 2CV AZU AK350 light van is a rare righthand drive example and benefits from recent work carried out. The floors have been replaced and the Citroën has had a thorough check-over by the fastidious vendor. It is thought the Belgium post office may have used these vehicles in righthand drive format so the postmen could get out of the vehicle and step straight onto the pavement. Finished in grey with Bugatti livery, this Citroën 'deux chevaux' is fitted with a 602cc engine to help with modern day traffic and is supplied with a V5C registration document. We are advised she will have a full years MoT test certificate prior to auction. These are such iconic vehicles with a passionate following.

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