A Citroen 2CV restoration project that was reassembled before the eyes of a live audience at the NEC, Birmingham, will go under the hammer via Classic Car Auctions at the June Sale on 2nd June at the Warwickshire Event Centre.
The French ‘neglection’ was abandoned in London garage around 43 years previously, although this is not fully verified. Needing some TLC, the 2CV was stripped back to it’s virgin state and given a full refurbishment.
Next stop the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show, where the ‘vieille dame’ was rebuilt on the live stage by the very affable Practical Classics magazine. Successfully fired up, the car was driven slowly off stage by Wheeler Dealers presenter, Mike Brewer.
James Walshe, editor at Practical Classics magazine said:
“Owning a 2CV has been a life-long dream since I saw one for the first time as a little boy in Paris. However, this one turned out to be far more special than I ever anticipated,” explains the car’s owner.
“I was keen to ensure no corners were cut in this restoration. Perfection was the objective, with an entirely sympathetic restoration for the most authentic result, and that’s what we’ve achieved. This whole project serves as a testament to the great design of the amazing 2CV itself.”
Purchased on 16th June 1964 in the French capital, the delightful old girl was imported to Blighty in 1963 by it’s second benefactor.
There she remained gathering dust, rust and must until the year 1997 where an enthusiastic 2CV decided it was time to bring the car back to life. Like many of these well inteded restoration projects the end product was a fragmented one, with the shell in one garage and the transmission and gearbox in another – fast forward 20 years.
Now in the hands of James and guided by the expertise of 2CVGB club members and Citroen experts, the car was stripped, sand-blasted, corrosion treated, primed and resprayed in its original, matt ‘Gris Fonce’. The original 375cc engine was also fully stripped, cleaned and refurbished along with the suspension by a well-known Citroen specialist. The interior retains its original basic nature, with new seat cushions and new roof completing the car. Now returned to its former glory with extraordinary attention to detail, the car has been given an auction estimate of £10,000 to £12,000 by CCA.
Since its restoration, the 2CV has taken part in a very special road trip. Starting from the old Morris factory in Oxford, the 2CV was driven all the way to its birthplace, the Levallois factory in Paris, France, and then back to the UK, in celebration of the 2CV’s 70th birthday. This unique test run is featured in the latest issue of the magazine, and is star of the front cover.
Gary Dunne, sales manager at CCA said:
“What a fantastic journey this 2CV has had! Not only is this one of the most impressive restorations of a 2CV that we’ve ever seen, but this is an iconic peoples’ car that’s loved just as much in the UK as it is in France. It’s exciting to see a car still receive so much attention and admiration 70 years after it was first introduced.”
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