Saturday, May 15, 2010

Down on the Street - Oceanside Harbor Edition

Riding with my buddy Graham the other week, we came across this little frog sitting in the parking lot at the Oceanside harbor.
Why it's a Citroën 2CV (aka "deux chevaux"). France's post-war economy car. It makes a VW Type 1 Beetle seem like a luxury car in comparison. Check out some of the details:

Bolt-on lighting:
3-lug wheels (appropriately wrapped with dry-rotted Michelins):
Fold-down windows:
also note the metal frame seats with rudimentary padding

Riveted-on roof panel:
A two spoke wheel that looks like it was taken off a tractor:
that's still one more spoke than you'll find on a DS steering wheel

It appears that this little Franco import has spend considerable years in the salty air. Just check out what remains of the circa-1963 front plate:
The tinworm has been chewing away at the fenders too:
Hey, it's for sale!
Not that I have any desire to own this, unless the owner is realistic about it's value (I'd pay $200, tops, for this little rustbucket deathtrap). I greatly prefer the DS, one of my all-time favorite cars.

But it's still interesting to see it out in the wild.


Doubledrumlin said...

Aw c' was good enough for Bond...James Bond.

Green Laker said...

The one in F.Y.E.O. was in infinitely better condition than the one I spotted. Cool clip, I'll take one of the Peugeot 504 chase cars please.