In the Netherlands, the iconic 2CV is nicknamed 'ugly duckling', the ever increasing popularity of the Duck proves that beauty comes with age. A decent stainless example can't be found anywhere in Europe for under €10,000, let alone a really nice example that hasn't been abused by a few students or transported chickens in the French countryside. See text copied from Wikipedia below. Finding a Ferrari in the condition in which this special example is is easier than a 2CV. After all, intended to be mainly practical and cheap to purchase, a 2CV was usually driven down, the percentage of really good copies that remains despite the enormous production numbers (almost 4 million) is probably lower than with many Ferraris. Or because of this high number of course. We found the copy offered here at an older Swiss couple with a second home in southern Italy, see the photos in the village. They had another car for sale for us, a delicious lunch later we were also allowed to buy the Citroën. Given the unique condition, we simply had to have it, not for profit but out of love for an icon in this condition. And the atmosphere of course, step in and it is 1982. The car is a real time machine, looks like new and is completely original. Our profession obliges the car to be put up for sale, although with slight reluctance. There are already 'fools' who ask twice, you have been awarded a beautiful 2CV for a very friendly price. Be careful though!
After the death of André Citroën and the takeover of the company by tire manufacturer Michelin, the new management of car manufacturer Citroën decided in 1935 to develop a small car that had to be suitable for the rugged French countryside: the TPV, or Toute Petite Voiture. Project leader and driving force Pierre-Jules Boulanger described the goal as "an umbrella on four wheels". Based on market research, it was decided that it should be a vehicle that could transport two farmers with 50 kilograms of potatoes or a barrel with 50 liters of wine. The story also goes that it had to offer the possibility to take a sheep in the car. The car had to be so comfortable that eggs in a basket would not break when the car was driven over a piece of plowed land. Other requirements were that the car had to be economical, reliable, cheap and easy to operate: a farmer's wife had to be able to drive it to the market. Also, with his Sunday hat on, the farmer had to fit in so that he could go to church by car. The appearance of the car was not considered important.
Originally, only one headlight was installed for reasons of economy. However, after a prototype was hit during a test drive because the oncoming vehicle thought it was a motorcycle, the model was equipped with two headlights.
A car was developed that met most of those requirements, but it was certainly not ready for production. Citroën planned to present a prototype of the car at the Salon de l'Automobile in October 1939, but this Salon was canceled due to the Second World War.
After the war, and after major changes to the original design, the car was presented to the press and public on Thursday 7 October 1948 during the Paris Motor Show. A journalist would have called the cart "Ugly Duckling", this name (or simply "Eend") has become a nickname in Dutch.
Serial production of the 2CV started on 11 July 1949. In the beginning, it was mainly supplied to farmers (primary target group), care providers such as general practitioners and well-known French artists (free advertising). The French rural people were immediately enthusiastic, which increased the waiting time to three years. In 1952 the Netherlands was the first export country for the 2CV. However, in the beginning the car was sold poorly in the Netherlands, probably because of its appearance. The last 2CV was produced on Friday July 27, 1990.
The (Ugly) Duck is nowadays an icon and can rank among the Volkswagen Beetle, the Morris Minor, the Mini, the Fiat 500 and the Trabant. In the Netherlands in 2018 there were still more than 8,000 Ducks and the price for a perfectly preserved or restored specimen had risen to around 15,000 euros. However, parts are relatively cheap and due to the low weight (560 kg) the motor vehicle tax is low or exempt due to age. There are several 2CV clubs and they offer affordable insurance. It also makes the Duck popular as a second car.