They have always generated a type of models that have been unique and historic for brands. in the case of Citroen one of them is the 2CV, which left the production line on July 27, 1990 for the last time has always been remembered as one of the historical models. In the French firm they put an end to a model that had been manufactured since 1948.
When it was first presented, the 2CV surprised with its original design, its versatility and its very economical approach, but he also knew how to distinguish himself by his technological innovations, very advanced for the time, among which stood out the front-wheel drive, its soft suspension and the air-cooled 2-cylinder engine. Quickly becoming a popular and high-demand car, it was an integral part of society and today is recognized as an icon of automotive history.
Initially this model began to be produced years ago, where the low consumption and reduced cost, we find a model that was suitable for both the countryside and the city. The project was ready in 1939 and was to be presented that same year, but because of the start of World War II, the Paris Motor Show had to be suspended and the 250 prototypes already built were largely destroyed surviving only a few examples that were hidden. After the war, Citroën returned to work on the project and entrusted Flaminio Bertoni with the aesthetics of what would end up being the Citroën 2CV, a model completely rethought with respect to the POS and which was presented on 7 October 1948 at the Paris Motor Show.
In the spring of 1951 the “Van” version was launched, developed on the basis of the saloon, but which, from the central pillar, had a large cargo space of very regular shapes. It offered a great ease of loading through the two swing doors at the rear. The 2CV Van version was used by numerous public services throughout Europe, including Spain.
With an engine that initially had a displacement of 275 cc, with 9 hp had a four-speed change, to later have a model that had 602cc and 29 hp. The first version of the Citroën 2CV with 9 hp reached a top speed of about 70 km/h while the latest models, with 29 hp, were capable of riding at a top speed of 113 km/h. The 2CV is one of the few vehicles in which the power of the basic engine tripled during its commercial life.