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View Poll Results: CitroŽn 2CV
Sub Zero 33 19.08%
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Uncool 21 12.14%
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CitroŽn 2CV

Well, it's a car, supposedly. Let's see what happens with this old piece of automotive history.

Specs are from the original production model, launched in 1948.

Engine: Yup, it's got one. It doesn't do much though. A F2 375 cc.
Power: 9 bhp

Because this car is so quirky, I'll (blatantly) copy the list of nicknames it had in different countries. The text is from Wikipedia.

"Nicknames:

Popular French nicknames were "Deuche" and "Dedeuche".

The Dutch were the first to call it "het lelijke eendje" ("the ugly duckling") or just "Eend" ("duck"), while the Flemish called it "de geit" ("the goat"). In German-speaking countries it is called "Ente" ("duck"), and sometimes "lahme Ente" ("lame duck")óironically, for its off-road abilities and swinging moves. English nicknames include "Tin Snail", "Dolly" and "Upside-down pram". In the former Yugoslavia the car was called "Spaček" (pronounced "spa-check", Slovenian for "little freak"). In Spanish-speaking countries they were nicknamed "dos caballos" (two horses), "citrola" or "citroneta" (derived from "CitroŽn"). In Denmark, the car has many names: "Gyngehest" (Rocking horse); "Studenter-Jaguar" (A students Jaguar) while the cars, amongst 2CV enthusiasts affectionately are called īDe kśre smŚī (The dear small ones). In Finland, the 2CV is known as "Ršttisitikka" (Finnish for "rag CitroŽn") because of its canvas roof and in Tunisia they call it "karkassa". Hungarians call it "Kacsa" (pronounced: "kacha" and also meaning "duck"). In Israel it was called "פחנוע" (Pronounced "pah-noa", meaning "tin car") and in Iceland it was named "SŪtrůen braggi" (meaning "CitroŽn Quonset hut"). In Norway the name was "Jernseng", meaning "iron bed". In Iran it is known as "Jian / Zhian ژیان", which means "Fierce". In the United States it was known as the "flying rag top". American cartoonist Gilbert Shelton referred to it as the "duh-shuh-vuh".

Outside France, the 2CV's most common nickname today[citation needed] is "The Duck", which seemed to be endorsed by CitroŽn which released a stuffed toy animal in the 1980s representing a duck with CitroŽn on its side and 2CV under its right foot."
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Re: CitroŽn 2CV

ive voted sub zero cos i love 'em. i was brought up on them though. i had one a couple of years ago too until the steering column snapped on me on a roundabout.

Check this Alfa powered 2CV van out.....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4UQb3SWmZk

sounds well sweet when he revs it.

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Re: CitroŽn 2CV

They're pretty cool now. I see an old guy driving one around York all the time and he looks like he's having the time of his life, while everyone else in other cars looks p*ssed off. So Citroen must have done something right
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It's rubbish.

Another French piece of crap that Brits think is cool.

Don't forget the Mehari version.


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Re: CitroŽn 2CV

Corse' it was cool Nevvie, with a roof like that it at least had to try at being
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Never driven one,yet.I like the look of them.
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Re: CitroŽn 2CV

Preferably in a washed out blue or cream lurking round the back of some down at heel chateau.

I know you say they are cr*p Nev but like the Fiat 500 and an early Mini (but not the Beetle) they are wonderfully simple basic things.

Sub zero.
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I can see you all zooming round the French country lanes
with gay abandon.







Next up on "Citroens: How to con les anglais":

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in red or white called 'Van Rouge' and 'Van Blanc' gedditt?! ha ha ha...."





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I can see you all zooming round the French country lanes
with gay abandon.







Next up on "Citroens: How to con les anlgais":

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"Oh it's sooooo cooooool , then even did a limited edition
in red or white called 'Van Rouge' and 'Van Blanc' gedditt?! ha ha ha...."




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I've always known them as the 'Flying Anderson Shelter' which is what my old man called them

Totally and utterly, the epitome of uncool
 
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Re: CitroŽn 2CV

Made for, and used by French Farmers and the countryfolk. Take the front wings off to sort the drum brakes and other fixes? Bit like the old Vdubs of yesteryear. Great on rough, muddy, slippery terrain.

I've seen both the flying bedsteads, and split rear windowed Vdubs make good traction when six wheelers, and some tracked vehicles, got bogged down! Light weight, keeps on flyin'.

So yes, utiliterian, but served a useful purpose, not just a 'Jacobs Coat' exterior. And they ran all day on a pint of petrol! Lovely historic motors, when motoring was more than just parading around in showie, gas guzzling, must keep it clean, don't get it dirty, mobile lounges, with all the gimmicks!
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a pure classic... Sub zero....
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It's rubbish.

Another French piece of crap that Brits think is cool.

Don't forget the Mehari version.


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This miserable pile of tin, not so affectionately known to me as the "flying dustbin" cannot be anything other than seriously uncool.

Never been in one on the road though so perhaps it has some redeeming features that I cannot discern from the outside. Supposed to hold a sheep in the back so would doubtless appeal to some nationalities...
 
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Definitely cool.
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The CND staff car ....Cool ??????


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Not my thing, bit on the homely side.
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Re: CitroŽn 2CV

i think they are one of the coolest cars around!
for the very reasons why some people think it is rubbish!
wish i can get my hands on one out here.

oh, and i call it the flying toaster...
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Re: CitroŽn 2CV

Try one in snow and ice ! who needs four wheel drive ? Allegedly original design brief was : get Farmer + Pig and a dozen eggs over a ploughed field @ 50 kph . They did it. Uber cool. 2 horses for courses.
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Lol PG.

I suppose some people "get" Citroens and some don't.
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Voted Cool. Purely on the basis that we had one when I was a kid, so it must be cool......

Actually the ride was superb, but the lack of power was a pain going up hills. I was never ashamed to be taken to school in it, though.
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I'll vote cool as I am easily taken in.............
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Re: CitroŽn 2CV

Now I am confused. What shall I buy to be different, in my close to retirement from driving period? A 2CV, or a re-furbed' Ferret, at 4400kgs. 9680lbs? Light or heavyish? Difficult choice?

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