What is a 2CV?

The 2CV is the French people’s car that was developed by Citroen. Produced between 1949 and 1990, it had one of the longest spanning productions ever. Despite some rather minor technical and visual changes over the decades, it remained true to its design brief and provided back-to-basics utilitarian transport for millions of people – and continues to do so! (Ok, maybe not quite in the millions anymore).

The 2CV’s platform also spawned an entire family of vehicles that are known as the A Series.

Is 2CVGB just for 2CVs?

Certainly not! The 2CV’s platform was used as the basis for an entire family of vehicles that become known as Citroen’s A Series. These include the 2CV van or camionette, the Dyane, Ami, Mehari and Bijou. The 2CV was also used to underpin several kit cars and OKD-type kits over the years, many of which are still on the road. 2CVGB welcomes owners and enthusiasts of all these models, with each type of vehicle represented by a registrar within the Club.

Do I have to own an A Series vehicle to join?

No – you don’t have to own one to be a member – a passing interest is enough! In fact if you’re in the market for a 2CV or one of its derivatives, we’d certainly advise joining the Club beforehand. You can speak to owners at events or on the forum to get the best advice, and perhaps even find your ideal car for sale.

I want a 2CV. What should I look for?

2CVs are simple machines, but the newest models are now more than 30 years old. In brief, rust is the major consideration. Most chassis have now been replaced with galvanized or reproduction items by now – especially on later cars. As such, it’s more important to focus your attention on the bodywork itself. For example, a car that had a replacement chassis a decade ago could quite easily need floors, sills, rear seatbelt mountings and a bonnet hinge – all of which would be more costly to replace than the chassis these days.

Mechanically, the 2CV is very robust, but watch out for failing synchromesh, particularly on third gear. It goes without saying that there should be no blue smoke or knocks from the engine. Whether drum or disc, a 2CV’s brakes are superb and should offer plenty of stopping power. You will need to apply more pedal pressure than in a modern car with servo-assistance though.

How much should I pay for a 2CV?

2CV prices have steadily risen over the last 10 years or so, with the very best restored cars and concours original models advertised for more than £15,000. A tidy, solid and usable car can still be found for between £5,000 and £10,000.

A car with an MOT that will require work in the future will likely cost between £2,500 and £5,000, while “basket cases” are often changing hands for more than £1,000 these days.

Dyanes tend to command a bit less – the best rarely exceed £7,000 – yet they offer a bit more refinement at speed and a full hatchback. Amis similarly tend to fetch less than 2CVs, with the exception of the early Ami 6 Saloon, which can cost more than £10,000 in the best condition.

Meharis have always been more expensive than 2CVs, and that remains the case today. A rough but usable model can be had for around £10,000, but you’ll need to double that to get a nice one requiring no remedial work.

How much looking after does a 2CV need?

More than a modern car, but less than lots of other classic vehicles. Oil changes are required every 3,000 miles and there are several important greasing points that need attention every 1,000 miles. Invest in a grease gun and you should be able to do this yourself though.

Is a 2CV still a practical car on a daily basis?

2CVs lack the refinement, speed and safety features of a modern car, but they were designed to run flat out all day without a complaint. In the 2020s, they are still more than up to this task if well maintained. The biggest thing to keep on top if you’re using your A Series on a daily basis will be rust. It’s important to keep the bodywork and underside protected and in good condition.

The 2CV is an incredibly reliable form of transport, and it’s unlikely to leave you stranded. Thousands of models still travel across Europe every other year to take part in the World Meeting, showing they’re just as robust and usable as ever.

Can you still get parts for the 2CV?

Pretty much everything is available off the shelf these days (for later 2CV models) and parts supply has never been better. Anything you can’t buy new will often be available second-hand too. Some parts for earlier cars, Amis and Dyanes can be more troublesome to find, but supply is still better than many other comparable classics.

Is there really a 2CV racing series?

There is! There’s even an annual 24-hour race. Check our the Classic 2CV Racing Club for more info.

What about specialist support?

2CV specialists are plentiful, and we’re sure there’ll be someone relatively close to you. We’re currently in the process of putting together a list of specialists. Alternatively, asking for recommendations within your local group is always a wise move.