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:

Countries legendary cars

Each country that has a strong car industry has its own legendary car. A car that is remembered for years and is still as good as it ever was. These cars are timeless and are a symbol for each countries national pride.

England – Jaguar E-type

The legend that was and always will be the E-type. The car celebrated its 51st birthday and is just as good as it ever was. Many people have tried to recreate the legend status of the E-type most notably the Eagle Speedster. I think a certain Jeremy Clarkson puts it best in this Top Gear video.

Germany – Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing


Arguably one of the prettiest cars in the world, the Gullwing Merc was recently remade in the SLS but the first Gullwing is the true legend. Sir Stirling Moss drove a modified version to victory in the Mille Miglia in 1955.

France – Citroen 2CV


Not the best car in the world but the 2CV did manage to star in For your eyes only. The 2CV wasn’t any good at anything apart from driving across a ploughed field with some eggs in the back and not breaking any. Quite a specialized car then I think you’ll agree.

America – Ford Mustang


The Ford Mustang is known the world over for being a great car. When first released the queues were out the door and down the street. The Mustang was a truly brilliant car and is just as cool now as it ever was. If you are looking for one however avoid the 80’s and 90’s Mustang’s as they are truly terrible.

Japan – Nissan Skyline GTR


No matter what Skyline you buy old or new it is a brilliant car. It really demonstrates japan well being full of tech and brilliant to drive. The GTR’s are always brilliant and always gives you the feeling of speed with a massive drop in price compared to supercars.