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Citroën 2CV 1948

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   Low-cost motoring had been popularized in the 1920s and 1930s by the Ford Model T in  the US and the Austin Seven in the UK. In the 1940s, many more small economical cars arrived to provide motoring for the masses—often using tiny, two-cylinder engines. While larger, conventional cars usually had the engine at the front driving the rear wheels, in these minicars the engine and drive-wheels were at the same end, so the transmission required less space. Although these cars served a humble purpose, their design was clever and characterful.
   Robust engine All 2CVs featured an air-cooled engine, although the original 375 cc unit (here) was replaced by a larger motor. Both engines thrived on high revs, and proved hardworking and reliable.
Interconnected suspension The long-travel suspension was linked front to back, and allowed the 2CV to travel smoothly over rough surfaces.
   Simple signaling Indicators were added to the rear pillars in the 1950s. An ingenious innovation, they could be seen from the front and the rear in this position, which meant that only two were needed. Simplicity was key to the design of the 2CV.

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Citroën 2CV 1948 Origin France

    Engine 375 cc, flat-two Top speed 72 mph (116 km/h) More than five million Deux Chevaux were sold in a 42-year production run. Economical and characterful—but slow and noisy—the 2CV offered a very supple ride and extraordinary grip despite its slender tires. The fabric roof could be rolled right back.

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