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The Citroen 2CV

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All designs are hand painted. The use of monochromatic colours and simple graphic representation give it the signature look for which the artist is known. Important to keep in mind is that all images are hand painted and no two paintings are alike in color. They are all delivered in a round post pack protected with acid free paper. At this stage, framed paintings can only be delivered within Singapore.

The Citroen 2CV

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The Citroen 2CV


Brought to life after WWII, the 2CV became an instant classic! Built in France, the 2CV was originally designed to appeal to farmers as a simple and affordable alternative to the horse and cart! Thanks to the unique suspension and handling of the Citroen, it could carry baskets of eggs across ploughed fields without breakage.

However, this plucky, lightweight car soon became a hit with the broader public who couldn’t resist its French charms.

Originally intended for launch at the 1939 Paris Motor Show, plans were abandoned when Germany invaded France in World War II. Citroen didn’t want the car to fall into the hands of Nazis so all existing products were either buried, disguised or destroyed.

Why 2CV? The name stands for Deux Chevaux (or 2 horses) referring to the European taxation class for taxable horsepower.

Production ran for 42 years between 1948 and 1990, when over 3.8 million of the Citroen 2CV were produced across multiple countries including France, Belgium, UK, Spain, Portugal, Yugoslavia, Uruguay, Argentina and even Iran.

Of course, its unique shape gained many nicknames throughout Europe, including: ‘the ugly duckling’ (Netherlands), ‘the goat’ (Belgium), ‘the duck’ (Germany), ‘two horses,’ ‘frog’ and ‘goat’ (Spain), ‘the rocking horse’ (Denmark), ‘the Iron bed’ (Norway) and ‘little freak’ (Yugoslavia). Not surprisingly, the English were no less diplomatic, referring to the 2CV as ‘Upside down pram’ or ‘Tin Snail.

Any publicity is good publicity…. I guess…..?


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