Thursday, August 18, 2011

Much Ado about Deux Chevaux

Ceci N'est Pas Une Voiture

I don't care much for cars except for a way to get to point A to point B. My husband will gleefully point out how poorly I take care of my current vehicle but I can't help but not care as long as it drives. Maybe it is just a girl thing. In this case (as in quite a few others) it makes be proud to be female. Call me sexist, but there it is.

Pretty Maids All in a Row

However, I saw a convention/gathering of fanciers of the Citroen 2CV while visiting the Chateau of Chambord in France and have to say I found them intriguing in an anachronistic way. Sort of like a vintage Bug I'd say. These cars were all over the place when I lived in Paris in the early 80's. I'd not thought about them since and now, like me, they are vintage. Alas, I doubt I'm considered a collectable.

One or two bits (horses?) of history: the Citroen 2CV (deux chevaux--two horses, meaning two tax horsepower--not sure about the tax part) was made from 1948-1990. It was intended as an economy car and as such was much cheaper than the aforementioned Volkswagen Beetle. It even had a bit part in a James Bond film.
OK so maybe I'm not car crazy, but cute is cute.


Blu said...

Fab cars, love the old black and whites photos too!

LaWendula said...

Lovely car, in Germany always called "duck" (Ente). We had two, one in mint green with pink stars on it and a "Charleston", we both loved them deeply. It's a shame this car is practical dead now. I haven't seen one since ages.

Crafty Green Poet said...

funny, i don't like cars at all, except for the Citroen 2CV!

A. @ A Changing Life said...

I've had two of these in the past, the first a bright yellow one like the one in the James Bond film, and the second red and grey. Eventually it just couldn't cope with going up hill with my two rapidly growing sons in the back, plus all their bits and pieces. I was sad to see it go.