Practically perfect 2CV heads to auction

1561938_1954 Citroen 2CV mainA special restoration project Citroen 2CV, which was rebuilt in front of a live audience at the NEC, Birmingham, will be offered for sale by Classic Car Auctions at the June Sale on 2nd June at the Warwickshire Event Centre.

Having been abandoned in a London garage 43 years ago, in need of a full restoration, the 2CV was recovered, stripped and refurbished by the team at Practical Classics magazine, before being rebuilt on the live stage at this year’s Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show, with Discovery. Once completed, the like-new 2CV was driven off stage by Wheeler Dealers presenter, Mike Brewer.

Practical classics 2cv

“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, James Walshe, self-confessed 2CV nut and deputy editor at Practical Classics magazine.

The 2CV was first purchased on 16th June 1954 in Paris and was imported into the UK in 1963 by its second owner. In 1975, a growing family led the 2CV to being stored in favour of something more practical. It remained in storage until 1997 when it was purchased by a 2CV enthusiast who intended to restore the little French car, but unfortunately it was left abandoned, with the body stored in one garage and the engine and gearbox in another, for a further 20 years.

1561939_1954 Citroen 2CV pre restoration

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.

1561937_Rebuild on the Live Stage HR

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.

The full story of this Citroen 2CV is available to read in the June 2018 issue of Practical Classics magazine, available in stores from 16th May.

To find out more about the sale of the car and the full lot list for CCA’s June Sale, please visit: https://www.classiccarauctions.co.uk/citroen-2cv.

Advertisements

Drive your cars, its what they’re built for

BMW i8 5Cars are built to be driven. Fullstop, end of story, that is literally their only purpose in life. But some people seem to buy up cars and insist on never driving them. If I bought a book and never read it you would laugh at me. If I bought a new outfit but never wore it that would be ridiculous. So why are people ok with it when it comes to cars.

Ferrari FF SnowWhen a brand new Ferrari leaves the factory it is expected to be driven its what the designers, engineers and builders made it for. Why is it then that decades later that same Ferrari will come to auction with barely any miles on it in pristine condition and sell for £20,000,000. The bidders at these auctions are exactly the same, they will never drive their million pound purchase for fear of decreasing the value. What you’ve bought then is not a car, what you’ve bought is the world’s most expensive paperweight.

Ford Sierra CosworthMy bigger fear nowadays is this problem is spinning down into the formerly everyman classic market. I recently came across a Ford Sierra Cosworth with no miles on it. Since it left the factory it hadn’t travel a single mile. That is ridiculous and cruel. If you bought a horse and never let it leave the stable you would be put in prison for animal cruelty. Performance cars are meant to be driven, and driven hard. They are built to take the punishment and will reward you with the greatest pleasure known to man (no not that one). FUN!

Jaguar E-Type Barn FindThe pleasure of owning a car doesn’t come from having it sit in a sealed garage under a cover until you die and your kids sell it on, the pleasure comes from driving it, appreciating it, forming a bond with the car. Sell the kids for all I care just drive the car and enjoy it as it was meant to be enjoyed, on the road.

Do you think cars are meant to be driven, let us know in the comments.

Please Like, Share and Follow

Follow me on twitter @jimafred