If you ask someone to name a French car, Citroen probably won’t be the first name they’d come up – Renault and Peugeot were in the North American market much more recently, and it seems the stories about them were more appalling. But Citroen really epitomizes the French approach to building (most) cars – an unusual combination of great comfort and handling, not much of a focus on the engine, and distinctive designs. They’re not always beautiful in a traditional sense, but those are beautiful in their engineering aesthetic. And among Citroens, the 2CV is the purest expression of the French car design ethos – both innovative in its abilities, and accessible to a very wide audience. Check out this 1965 Citroen 2CV for sale for $3900 in Portland, OR.
Most cars at this price are projects, so go into this one with your eyes open. Panel gaps look pretty straight on this car, which is good because doors that are hard to close might be indicative of a failing structure. The car is said to be a single owner car, brought over in 1965, that got new paint and a new top, plus seatbelts, for its 30th birthday. No indication is given of what’s been done recently, but it’s in need of new seat covers. The 1965 model year promises front-hinged front doors and a 425cc engine with a stout 16hp – snark aside, these will run happily at top speed. The simplicity of this little car is appealing, and at the price it’s worth a closer look.