Citroen 2-CV

The Citroen 2-CV (deux chevaux-vapeur), is something of a blast from the past.  While not made in production numbers until after WWII, it was designed in the 30s to move a couple adults at a whopping 37 mph along French dirt roads.  I don’t know if they ever made it to the US but I never saw one until I came to Quebec and even here, the only ones I’ve seen are display items at a large restaurant.  But they smack of a pre-Volkswagon where inexpensive cars were kept light, low-powered and without power everything.

I went with Claudette to the north side of the city because she wanted to draw a large bear statue.  When we got there I found the 2-CV and knew what I had to do.  The subject I was looking at was painted bright red with white polka dots.  Why they had insulted this vehicle in this way is beyond me but I colored the sketch in more traditional colors.

Stillman & Birn Alpha (10x7), Namiki Falcon, DeAtramentis Document Black

Stillman & Birn Alpha (10×7), Namiki Falcon, DeAtramentis Document Black

4 thoughts on “Citroen 2-CV

  1. Maybe owner want a lady bug instead of a car 🙂 very good object to draw and maybe you are the first one who wat to draw that car in its life.

    • I suspect they have been drawn before. According to the 2CV fan club, something around 150,000 of them were built and driven in Europe after WWII. My wife said she and a friend rented one when she visited Europe in the 80s. But in any case, it was fun to draw and, I bet, a lot of fun to drive. — Larry

  2. Neat car and I’m glad you got rid of the polka dots for the sketch. To bad you couldn’t do the same for that poor car in real life.

    • It’s such a cute and little car that the red with white polka dots actually looked “appropriate” (clown car?) but it definitely wasn’t a color that Citroen ever painted one 🙂 — Larry

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