Ranking alongside the Volkswagen Beetle, Mini, and Land Rover as one of the classic mass-produced cars of the post-war era, Citroën's quirky 2CV debuted in 1949. Intended to provide basic transport in a period of post-war austerity, the 2CV outlived its humble beginnings, going on to attain cult status as the favoured car of the environmentally concerned motorist. Although the original 375cc air-cooled flat-twin engine grew, eventually, to 602cc, the 2CV's performance remained modest at around 70mph flat-out, not that that concerned the majority of its devotees for whom the roomy interior, full-length sunroof, and frugal fuel consumption were of far greater importance. The 2CV was built in civilian, military, and commercial versions, the latter - a small delivery van - being known as the 'Fourgonette', which was first seen in 1951. It was a sad day for many when the last French-built 2CV left the Levallois factory in 1988, although production continued in Portugal for two more years. By the time production ceased in 1990 more than 5 million 2CVs of all types had been made.
Known to the lady vendor's late husband as 'Elodie', this particular Fourgonette has the 425cc engine. '973 UYK' was restored by Froome 2CV (The 2CV Shop) in 2015 and recently was mechanically set up by the 2CV expert, Pete Sparrow of Hereford. Zeroed at time of restoration, the odometer currently displays a total of around 7,500 kilometres (approximately 4,600 miles). The accompanying history file contains a V5C registration certificate; a recently expired MoT (car now exempt); and a quantity of restoration photographs, invoices, and receipts for spare parts totalling over £20,000. Presented in generally very good condition throughout, this charming 2CV van is the ideal paddock support vehicle for the Goodwood Revival and other prestigious motor sports events.