Cosmic Photo Challenge

Deux Chevaux

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is “Get your motors running: cool cars that caught your eye.

I had photo picked for the challenge but changed my mind and went in a completely different direction. I went from a high tech rally car competing in a World Championship Rally to a much older and simpler design of vehicle.

The photo shows a Citroen 2CV taken this summer at the Wiarton Air and Auto Extravaganza at Wiarton Airport, Ontario, Canada. It was one of only three European cars at the show. The 2CV was built by Citroen from 1948 until 1990. This one is from the 1980s I’m guessing. Deux chevaux is the French for two horses, 2CV means two steam horses.

I was living in the U.K. when these were popular with some but a source of amusement for more people. Looking back maybe the owners of the 2CV had a point. It’s a basic vehicle with minimal electrical systems, a simple engine and long travel suspension. A vehicle that probably only require a basic toolkit for most repairs.

I wonder how many French cars from the 1980s are in Canada.

Deux chevaux.

5 replies on “Deux Chevaux”

Yes! This is without a doubt what I’d call a ‘cool car’. Well done, my friend.

I love the 2CV. It was always fun riding in one, if not always super comfortable. My fondest memory is sort of rolling around corners. The one in the photo looks in great shape. The Renault 4 and original Fiat 500 were excellent contemporaries, too.

I never rode in one. I remember the Renault 5 had the gear shift coming out of the middle of the dashboard. Apparently the two tone Dolly model in the photo was released in 1985 so towards the end of the production history. I remember a neighbour of my parents having a 2CV they called Dolly in the early 1990s. I didn’t realise that it was an official model name.

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