French classic: Citroen 2CV
More French than a ‘baguette’ the Deux Chevaux is also known affectionately as ‘the tin snail’. There is no disputing the enduring popularity of this iconic French classic. My love affair with this little car has developed over the years I have visited France.
The car that oozes French character was designed before WW2 for France’s rural population. The 2CV’s simple design disguised a car that was very clever, with interconnected suspension and an unburstable air-cooled two-cylinder engine capable of running all day long. The body shape was considered ugly when the car was launched in 1948 but, over the years, its combination of minimalist charm and French chic has ended up winning the 2CV an army of fans across the globe. The Australian owners and fan club site is a good place to find out more.
There are a number of car rental agencies and tour operators in France that specialize in 2CVs. Snail’s Pace Holidays is one company: they suggest you pack the picnic, roll back the roof and enjoy driving around the beautiful South West of France at a snail’s pace. Add a visit to a wine château, a morning at one of the many local markets and at the end of the fun filled day stay in a typical French hotel.
I don’t have a 2CV but I do have a collection of magazines, coffee table books, a model and even an owners’ manual. Now that is really serious! We figured that due to their finicky nature it would be best to have the full mechanical manual – how is that for dedication and optimism? If I ever get one I will be ready! Maybe in the meantime I will do a Snail’s Pace Holiday in a 2CV or plan my own French tour in a hired 2CV. See below for tours and car hire ideas; and for a detailed history, read our Historical Development of the 2CV article.
Have fun planning… Annette X
2cv hire rental in France with CC Sports Cars UK
2cv hire rental in France with Classic Car Rental France
2cv hire rental in France with Tour de Canard
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