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Swedish Motors Inc.
7 N Decatur St
Marietta, PA 17547

(717) 366-6605

1980 Citroen 2CV





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Manual 4-Speed
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Bordeaux Beige
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You can't buy happiness but you can buy a classic car. It is not the same but it gives about the same feeling. In its more than 40 years of production, the utilitarian Citroen 2CV became nearly as symbolic of France as the Eiel Tower, while embodying the country's proudly quirky, avant-garde culture. Nearly 4 million of the cars were built and this 1980 Citroen 2CV6 Special has reportedly been restored to a very high standard. This North Carolina totally rust free car has had a recent new interior, vinvl top and the desirable 123 electronic ignition. This Deux Chevaux "Dolly" special edition, with the appropriate Art Deco paint scheme in cream and scarlet.was purchased from a gentleman at his residence in N.C. that also has a "Charleston Edition" 2CV at his other home in Charleston, S.C. It looks, runs and drives great. The Citroen 2CV (French: "deux chevaux" i.e. "deux chevaux fiscaux", literally "two tax horsepower") was an economy car produced by the French automaker Citroen from 1948-1990. It was technologically advanced and innovative, but with extremely utilitarian and deceptively simple Bauhaus inspired bodywork, that belied the sheer quality of its underlying engineering. It was designed to move the French peasantry on from horses and carts. It is considered one of Citroen'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 described by CAR magazine journalist and author LJK Setright as "the most intelligent application of minimalism ever to succeed as a car." 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 (which until 1960 also covered the boot). During a production run of 42 years between 1948 and 1990, 3,872,583 2CVs were produced, plus 1,246,306 camionnettes (small 2CV trucks), as well as spawning mechanically identical vehicles like the Ami - 1,840,396, Dyane - 1,444,583, Acadiane - 253,393, and Mehari - 144,953: a grand total of 8,756,688. From 1988 onwards, production took place in Portugal rather than in France. This arrangement lasted for two years until 2CV production halted. Front wheel drive, Four doors, 602 c.c. aircooled boxer engine making a whopping 29 horses with a 4 speed "in the dash" shifter catapulting this classic to a top speed of 72 MPH. Totally rust free southern car!! Quite a few cars in history were aimed specifically at the task of shifting owners from using horses to using cars, but just a handful stayed in production in almost unchanged form for decades while remaining relevant. We often think of the Volkswagen Beetle as the most prominent example of this transition in (forgive this next phrase) personal mobility solutions, as they are now called, but in reality many auto-producing countries had an analogous vehicle in their automotive history, one that was developed specifically to get the masses into car seats. Named quite literally as "two horses," the car was conceived by Citroen in the 1930s with the purpose of moving the rural population of France into automobiles. Even though France boasted an early and incredibly varied automotive industry, until the 1930s this generally meant cars in the cities for the middle and upper classes, while the country's large rural population lagged behind in adopting personal cars. Even though Citroen's massive project was largely completed before the outbreak of WWII, the debut of the 2CV was shelved for almost a decade, emerging in the postwar years during a time when horse-drawn carts had effectively seen a comeback to the levels of the 1920s in postwar France. As many personal cars simply did not survive the war, France was almost starting from scratc

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