2006 Shannons Sydney Winter Auction - 24th July

1986 Citreon 2CV "Dolly" Sedan




Engine Flat-twin, 602cc
Gearbox Four-speed manual
Body Work Saloon
Colour Blue
Interior Grey / Blue
Trim Cloth
Wheels Steel Disc
Brakes Disc/Drum


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Conceived as mass transportation in the 1930s by Citroen's boss Pierre Boulanger, the 2CV was launched at the Paris Motor Show of 1948 with distinctive corrugated body panels, roll-back sunshine roof to improve load carrying and minimalist interior. Powering the Deux Chevaux was a tough little 375cc flat-twin engine driving through a four-speed gearbox with simple but effective independent suspension all round and early cars were available in any colour so long as it was matt grey. As time went by, the engines grew in both capacity and power output, the bodywork underwent some subtle changes (smooth panels, front-hinged doors, six-light windows etc), the electrical system was switched to 12-volts and disc brakes at the front were introduced. The advent of various special editions in the 1970s saw a revival in the popularity of the 2CV, many of these sold only for one season. Designed to appeal to women, who made up a large proportion of 2CV buyers, the Dolly was introduced in April 1985 and was popular enough to become a regular model in the line-up. The Dolly was available in seven two-one colour combinations. When the last 2CV rolled off the production line in 1990, total production - with offshoots like the Dyane and Mehari taken into account - exceeded an extraordinary 8,800,000 units and it remains a distinctively different classic car today with a cult following around the world.