Wednesday, July 10, 2013

les deux chevaux

Similar to the popularity of the original VW "bug" in the US, the Citroën 2CV is a funky-looking, simply constructed, "people's car".  The model name 2CV evolved into the common name "deux chevaux" which literally means "two horses", but jokingly implies the horsepower of these little machines.  The last 2CV was manufactured in 1990, but there remain many clubs and individual owners who still love and collect them.  Here is photo from a local festival where there were dozens of them proudly lined up for display.

In the BBC series "A Year in Provence" (based on a wonderful book by Peter Mayle), there is a great sight gag where the main character's deux chevaux is passed on a hill by a bicyclist.  That says it all, yet if you want to know more (and you should!), Wikipedia will tell you more than you ever wanted to know about these classic vehicles.

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