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70th Anniversary of the 2 CV - Conservatoire Citroën

This year we are celebrating the 70th anniversary of the 2 CV presented at the 1948 show
At the end of 1939, CITROËN finished some 250 2 CV A for its presentation and marketing at the Paris Motor Show.
But, the declaration of war will stop the process, the 250 2 CV A will be destroyed, with the exception of a few copies. Although devastating, these five years of war will finally push the presentation of the 2 CV at the Paris Salon 1948, allowing the design office led by Flaminio Bertoni and André Lefèbvre to develop the 2 CV on the technical and financial, especially for the engine cooling, suspension architecture and choice of materials ...
It is therefore at the Salon of October 1948 that Pierre Jules Boulanger, director of the CITROËN Company unveils to the public the aesthetic originality and habitability of the revolutionary 2 CV. Its engine still is not yet unveiled. The commercialization of this model will take place in October 1949 at the Paris show.
Much criticized at the beginning, the 2 CV will soon be a real success, as evidenced by the delivery time.
On July 27, 1990, the production was stopped after 42 years of career and 5.1 million copies.
70 years later, it still brings together collectors and nostalgic people

Copyright RENAUD LEBLAN (2 CV A 1950)
Copyright F. BERTONI (drawing : 2 CV 1939 prototype)

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