Arguably the most iconic French car ever produced has been reimagined as a modern-day electric vehicle.
Carmakers love to bring back a classic, but despite modern revivals of the Volkswagen Beetle and the Mini, arguably one of the most beloved cars of the 20th century has yet to make its comeback.
The Citroen 2CV has been reimagined by artist Dejan Hristov as an electric vehicle, retaining the car’s iconic silhouette, but introducing more modern design elements such as LED headlights, a glass sunroof, and winding windows (presumably).
Much like the Volkswagen Beetle, the air-cooled 2CV was conceived in the 1930s as a way to make the motor car affordable for middle-class families – and like the VW, the Citroen used a boxer engine mounted over the driven wheels.
Between 1948 and 1990, 3.8 million 2CVs were manufactured, with many Australian buyers choosing the British-made French car due to its pliant ride, simplicity, and durability on rough local roads.
The original model was offered with a 375cc two-cylinder engine with 7kW – propelling the 2CV to 40km/h in “just” 42.4 seconds on the way to its 64km/h top speed – while later versions gained a 600cc engine, which increased power by more than 200 per cent to 22kW.
All versions were front-wheel drive and offered exclusively with a four-speed manual transmission.
While Hristov’s unofficial digital renderings are not endorsed by Citroen, they do prompt the question: would an affordable electric vehicle like this sell well for the French carmaker?
Ben Zachariah is an experienced writer and motoring journalist from Melbourne, having worked in the automotive industry for more than 15 years. Ben was previously an interstate truck driver and completed his MBA in Finance in early 2021. He is considered an expert in the area of classic car investment.