My 2CV took a back seat this year and my interest had waned until DW started his 652cc conversion and Brownova bought his yellow one. Talk of taking 2CVs to Cholmondeley 2019 got me blurting out I will take mine, then realty set in its 140 miles that I usually do comfortably in my luxury Visa Diesel.
I have been aware of 2CVs for ever and then was fully exposed to them in 1987 when I sold Citroens. Somehow it always tickled me that I sold a new plumbs and custard Dolly to a district nurse. Ownership did not come until 1995 with a 1988 red Special that had had a new chassis under warranty by Citroen Glasgow and it was great, in fact so great a friend wanted it for his sister-in-law and for many years we got to hear of its adventures.
Say Hallo to Dolly (Warning 2CV Collection Content)
Mrs6C started a Saturday 3 ½ years ago early for us by her need to prepare stuff for the AGM of an Orchard Group she belongs to so I has a quick 7am look at ebay . I noticed a 52k mile 2CV that I liked the look of so sent messages but still no response at 9.30 am so I called, I was first to ask to see it rather that “what is your best price”, but he would not be home until 6.30 pm so that gave Mrs6C the chance to come with me. Interesting seller with a MG Maestro Turbo, Morris Marina 1.8 saloon and the 2 CV had been replaced with a Nissan Figaro.
The transaction for the 2CV was strange pleasant and interesting with us acting out a scene from “Wheeler Dealers”, I made an offer he rejected it and made a speech about how well priced the car was and how much interest he had in it and suggested a price he would not go below. So I went to agree to that and he said that not how it is done and I should make another offer a little higher than my 1st so I did, he rejected that but came back with a counter offer £50 lower than his lowest price and we did the big handshake. This seller was very pleasant and fun to deal with, gave us all the time we needed to look over the 2CV, honored nobody could see it until we had decided and then gave us a Haynes manual, Restoration book and a few spares after the deal was done.
Anyway my 2CV is one of those cars that will never be a prize winner and wherever you look there is a minor rust spot or something that needs a bit of work such as it now needs a hood but it is solid, drives very well and still looks tidy.
I like the idea of changing my 2CV for a Tax and MOT free Dyane because of the tiny mileage I do, I can get it out for a run without much fixed cost. Somebody in the Citroen Car Club had a 1970 Dyane I liked the look of so enquired and was told I will get it MOTed and then it will be available. Disaster it looked smart but needed major body repairs so that did not happen.
The furthest I have driven a Citroen A series is a Dyane from Bristol to home about 100 miles so Cholmondeley is not that much more, maybe with the right encouragement…….