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2CV Buyer's Guide (Part 2)
Which A - Type?
There are a number of variations on
the humble 2cv, and you may want to consider which will
best suit your needs, budget or style. The main variants
are outlined below (pictures will be included soon).
The "classic" 2cv with a 602cc
engine produced from the early 1970s until 1990. With
decent performance, and a top speed of 72 mph, this is
probably the sensible choice if the car is for everyday
use. The 2cv6 is the most commonly seen, and the easiest
to find, maintain and run. 1970s models are fitted with
front drum brakes, and square headlights, 1980s models
have front disc brakes (more powerful and easy to
maintain), round headlights, and are availale in a number
of styles (Special, Dolly, Charlston).
This is the predecessor of the 2cv6, with
the same "classic" bodywork, but a smaller (435cc)
engine. Produced during the 1960s and 1970s, with 4 light
(window) and 6 light bodywork, these are still fairly
commmon in those countries in which they were originally
available. Top speed is about 55 to 60 mph and spare
parts are a bit more difficult to obtain than for newer
The original (1950s) 2cvs, with a "ripple"
bonnet, "suicide" front doors and 375cc, or 425cc
engines are particularly desirable models. These cars are
spartan by the standards of modern 2cvs, with windscreen
wipers powered by the speedometer cable, no fuel gauge or
indicators, "hammock" seats and a top speed of
about 40 mph.
The craggy "angular" 2cv made
from the 1960s until the early 1980s. With a 435cc or (more
usually) 602cc engine, hatchback boot and similar
performance to later 2cvs, this is another good choice
for everyday use. Not as common as 2cvs, but not
difficult to find or obtain spares for.
Although once common, the Ami (produced
during the 1960s and 1970s) is now quite rare, The Ami
has a standard 2cv chassis with uprated suspension, and a
"modern" double skinned body and interior. Ami6
and Ami8 models have the 602cc 2 cylinder engine, Ami
Super models have a 1015cc 4 cylinder engine. These are
sought after cars, but obtaining spares can be difficult
and ownership often involves a lot of attention to
bodywork. If you see a decent one, go for it.
A-series vans make for truly practical
motoring, and have their own following amongst 2cv
enthusiasts. A wide range were made, as they have been
around almost as long as the 2cv itself. The original 2cv
based vans (250 and 400) were superceded in the late 1970s
by the Acadiane, based on a Dyane with a lengthened
chassis. Mechanical parts are usually shared with the
cars and are easy to obtain, and body panels, although
sometimes prone to rot, are easy to find and replace.
Not so much a car as a "leisure
vehicle". 2cv running gear and chassis with a
plastic ABS "jeep" body. 4 wheel drive versions
were made, but are particularly rare. Bodywork won't
rust, but can get a bit brittle, however, most spares can
still be obtained in Europe. Not an everyday car, but