Saturday, August 16, 2008

Deux Chevaux


Ya gotta love this face. It belongs to a black Citroen 2CV that was parked behind the Village Market yesterday. I've never owned one but the Deux Chevaux has been my favourite automobile since I first laid eyes on one. Definitely a classic design that has stood the test of time: 3.8 million cars built between 1949 and 1990 and the styling was pretty much unchanged for the entire production run.

10 comments:

USelaine said...

Too cute! I have rarely ever seen these in person, so it's nice to get a good look at one, and a sparkling clean one at that.

Strangetastes said...

Thank you for your visits and comments. I'm flattered that someone likes my blog enough to visit every day!

I haven't see one of these classic contraptions in the U.S. in a long time. How did it get the name? Was it literally just two horsepower or did the engine have only two cylinders? Maybe something else. Its "face" reminds be a bit of the bug-eyed fish in my post today.

Lynette said...

Superb, simply superb shot of the classic lines. Do you have a profile shot? If so, please post it at some point. Enjoyed browsing your recent posts!

Snapper said...

I was just about to make the profile shot when a car pulled into the parking space next to the 2CV and ruined the composition. There is at least one more Deux Chevaux on the island (a maroon and black two-tone) so I will keep my eyes peeled and grab a full-body picture when the opportunity arises.

Lynette said...

Oh, boy! I looked up Deux Chevaux on Google Images because I had a feeling, a good feeling, about something I photographed on July 31. I'll put it up on Monday--be sure to look. And I find it frustrating out the wazoo when a vehicle gets in the way of a great shot, but that goes with city life, so I just say, "Next time!"

Lynette said...

Thanks, Snapper!

Julie said...

Have a look at this post of a fellow CDPBer:
http://basedinvilligen.blogspot.com/2008/07/two-deux-chevaux-vapeur.html

I will cross post you to him also ...

Z said...

Haven't seen any black ones, only red and grey ones in the Swiss village in which I live. I came over on Julie's recommendation. The BBC has a story (with reader photos) on the upcoming 60th birthday of this vehicle. You might be interested in checking it out:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7564980.stm

Snapper said...

Hello Z and THANKS for the BBC link!

Julie said...

That link that Z provided is a joy!