2cv - Citroen
french car innovation and economic (1948)
The Citroen 2CV has been designed in 1936, produced from 1954 to 1985. They were sold 3,868,643 copies. Is launched at the Paris Salon of 1948, and is a revolution. Its surprising and novel aspect arouses much interest with his character ultraeconomico and air-cooled twin engine.
The 2CV sedan, marketed in 1949 under the name 2CV A met a resounding success, its use as a commercial vehicle, and his dexterity in moving in the crowded centers of the city came to think of a real utilitarian version with a sufficient cargo space.
At the Paris Motor Show 1950, Citroën introduced the utilitarian version of the 2CV, it was a small touring van almost identical to what became the final version sold after six months, in March 1951.
The mechanism was that of the 2CV sedan A. had a small twin-cylinder 375 cm3 lender the power to pull a body 9CV which was already heavier load than the sedan, plus any load of 250 kg, this fact was its scope. The van he performed his difficult task not without difficulty, to the limit of his strength. On paper, things were not so bad, its top speed was 60 km / h but could not hold up in third gear, then second, then he found himself at first, inerpicando to 15 km / h the climb, immersed in a loud rumbling.
2CV AU saw the first touring van, like the saloon, its delivery times increase more and more, demand was strong. The 2CV touring van brings out a fine career, AU, AZU and AK then follow one another until 1979, when it gave way all'Acadiane, commercial version of the latest Dyane.
Antoine Brueder, acting on behalf of Citroen calls the DMV to the presentation of the cheap French 2CV February 5, 1951.
The vehicle (n ° 300001, QD00599 engine) is tested by the Engineer of Motor Vehicles M. Paris on 16 of the same month and approved.
Then follows a version of "platform" designed to body shops for the preparation of special cargo, the versions offered by coachbuilders are innumerable.
The Citroen Belgian markets in the period around 1959 a version of the weekend touring van, inspired by the French version breaks offered by coachbuilders. Room for four people thanks to a tilting rear seats, glass surfaces and a higher level than the two-toned finish caraterizzano these versions.