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KvHagedorn
26th August 2004, 01:35
Let's see who can recognise this mutant. :D

Brian R.
26th August 2004, 01:37
Volkswagen Beetle mutant?

KvHagedorn
26th August 2004, 01:39
lol no.

here's an open-wheel version..

KvHagedorn
26th August 2004, 01:40
And can you believe they built one that flies?

KvHagedorn
26th August 2004, 01:46
Now we know how the Panzers made it across France in 5 days..

Brian Ellis
26th August 2004, 02:18
Yup, the good ole 2 CV, the French answer to the VW.

Actually, it was an extraordinary vehicle for its time, if a bit of a joke.

When I was living in Switzerland, it used to be said the 2CV was the world leader in cars: it used to lead the way up all the mountain passes, with 20 or 30 real cars behind it :D

Want to know what 2 CV means? The French had a concept of fiscally rating cars according to engine size, based on a mythical relationship to horsepower. CV stands for chevaux vapeur or "steam horses" which was their unit. So the 2 CV had two steam horses in its engine compartment. The use of CV rating is not unique to Citroen, either; the Renault R4 was thus named because it had a 4 CV engine. I think they still use the CV for taxing vehicles (not sure, though).

The 2 CV is commonly referred to in speech as the deux chevaux (two horses), sometime abbreviated to deuch (pronounced dersh).

Wulfman
26th August 2004, 02:42
we call it "ente" (duck).

mfg
wulfman

Umfriend
26th August 2004, 02:56
We call it the "lelijke eend" or ugly duck.

KvHagedorn
26th August 2004, 03:13
hehe that looks like "leaky end"

otherwise known as diarrhea..

Umfriend
26th August 2004, 03:47
If it had that, it would at least go a bit faster.

dZeus
26th August 2004, 05:44
they also appear a lot in Louis de Funes movies, often driven by nuns. And they have weird driving habits, not what you would expect from nuns :D

ZokesPro
26th August 2004, 05:58
Wow, and I thought that only Guchi could post ugly cars!! :D

agallag
26th August 2004, 07:39
I've heard that car described as "a frog stuck in a quonset hut" :D

Elie
26th August 2004, 08:26
Originally posted by Brian Ellis
Yup, the good ole 2 CV, the French answer to the VW.

Want to know what 2 CV means? The French had a concept of fiscally rating cars according to engine size, based on a mythical relationship to horsepower. CV stands for chevaux vapeur or "steam horses" which was their unit.

This is correct, in Italy they call it CV as well.

Greebe
26th August 2004, 08:30
Originally posted by agallag
I've heard that car described as "a frog stuck in a quonset hut" :D

Thought I was the only one :D

Brian Ellis
26th August 2004, 08:54
http://home.nordnet.fr/~gguillon/images/2cvbourvil2.jpg

This is a classic Louis de Funès/Bourvil scene from Le Corniaud. De Funès, in his Rolls-Royce, just slightly touches the 2CV of Bourvil, which falls apart around him. Bourvil drawls, "I think it's not going to work as well as it used to".

Brilliant comedy. :D

Edit: the light-coloured van parked behind Bourvil is an R4, which I mentioned above.

KvHagedorn
26th August 2004, 08:57
Originally posted by dZeus
they also appear a lot in Louis de Funes movies, often driven by nuns. And they have weird driving habits, not what you would expect from nuns :D

I didn't know nuns wore a special habit for driving.

Brian Ellis
26th August 2004, 09:08
http://home.nordnet.fr/~gguillon/images/gendarmes7.jpg

A nun driving half a 2CV in one of the de Funès Gendarme series. I suppose the car could be called a 1CV :D

DukeP
27th August 2004, 04:00
Acutally I very nearly bought one - the 2CV6Club Charlie.
Very fashionable, late '80ish.
:)

Did you knbow that you can disassemble the entire car without tools??
Yes, its true.
:)

Down to the chassis, with only the engine and drivetrain.
The wheels DO need a wrench of a type - the have ONE bolt each.
:)



~~DukeP~~

Brian Ellis
27th August 2004, 05:56
Originally posted by DukeP

Did you knbow that you can disassemble the entire car without tools??
Yes, its true.


Of course it's true. You only have to glare hard at it and it disassembles itself :D

Novdid
27th August 2004, 07:08
:D