London Motor Show 2018 – The Citroen 2CV at 70

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This year marks the 70th anniversary of the 2CV, a car originally designed specifically for French farmers to replace the somewhat outdated cart and two horses, from which it takes its famous name. As part of the upcoming London Motor Show ‘Built in Britain’ feature, a 2CV Dolly is being repurposed to return to the fields in the form of a food truck – in an attempt to set the record as the worlds smallest food truck ever built.

It is the brainchild of the 2CVat70 project and once completed it will produce all manner of incredible and exotic cuisine, from Korean BBQ to cheese soufflé via its state of the art stainless steel onboard kitchen located in the back of the vehicle.

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The 2CV Dolly will complete its transformation in just six short weeks thanks to a team of 50 experts before making its public debut at the London Motor Show at ExCel London on 17th May. After the show, it will embark on a journey across the UK to deliver fantastic cuisine while seeking to educate the public on the prominent topic of food waste.

According to Andrew J Mellon, the Managing partner of 2CVat70, the project is an exciting way to celebrate this landmark birthday in style saying “The design icon that is the 2CV turns 70 years old this year, so we have to celebrate in style and saw the opportunity to educate the nation about the current topic that is food waste. With seven partners involved, the entire project is British designed and built, and we are excited to publicly reveal the repurposed vehicle at The London Motor Show.”

Before the reveal of this record-setting special 2CV, we look back at some of its most iconic moments in the last seventy years.

24 hour racing in a 2CV

Credit - 2cvracing.org.uk

Believe it or not, the 2CV has had its own racing series for some 25 years. In fact, there is even a 24-hour endurance racing event in the calendar during which teams can change an entire engine in just 10-minutes flat.

1983 Citroen 2CV ‘Picasso’

This was the creation of automotive artist Andy Saunders, who went full Picasso on this previously stock 1983 car. It was displayed at a number of notable events before hitting the auction block for just £8,800 a decade ago.

Citroen 2CV Bond car

In what has to be the lowest powered Bond car in history, the 29hp favourite of French farmers was Roger Moore’s weapon of choice in the 1981 flick ‘For Your Eyes Only’ where the baddies were promptly dispatched by the tiny yellow 2CV thanks to Bond's skill behind the wheel.

Citroen 2CV Sahara

Designed to traverse the African desert, the 2CV Sahara is a twin-engined four-wheel drive model built between 1960 and 1968. With the front engine driving the front wheels, and the rear driving the (obviously) powering the rear wheels, via a single gear stick between the seats linking that linked the twin gearboxes.

All of this pairing up was finished with twin fuel tanks to ensure you wouldn’t get stuck in the desert.

Citroen TPV (Toute Petite Voiture – "Very Small Car") 2CV prototype

Development on the 2CV initially started in 1934 with the secret design program being completed at the Michelin and Citroen facilities of the time.

By 1939 the TPV was deemed production ready featuring a significant automotive innovation, the very first radial tyre. But it was not to be. as the car’s debut at the 1939 Paris Motor Show was cancelled due to the outbreak of World War II. After the war ended the heavily revised car finally made its first public bow at the Paris Salon in October 1948.

Are you excited to see this rework of the iconic 2CV at the 2018 London Motor Show? Let us know in the comments.

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  • I'm always amazed how the 2CV is popular in the UK. When you post your article, I was in Brittany where the 2CV are still useless on the roads and the countryside. I'm fond of the idea to celebrate the 70th birthday of that legendary car of the people with a very delicious project. I hope this 2CV Dolly will visit the country of her French cousins.

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