One of the world's most innovative manufacturers, Citroen has a long and illustrious history of producing fine and quirky vehicles across the whole motoring spectrum from commercials to luxury saloons.
The 2CV offered a useful platform for the light commercial market and by 1951 Citroen were producing a (very) light van. The body was typically brilliant, with a corrugated single skin which was immensely strong yet weighed very little – just as well as the diminutive flat-twin had its work cut out. With just 375cc on tap, progress was leisurely to say the least, the snail pace being entirely appropriate to the 'escargot' looks.
The chassis was modified and the rear suspension beefed up, a utility version being marketed for the tradesman who could use the van during the week for work and put in rear seats for the family to use on ‘le weekend’. Thankfully the engine capacity gradually increased to 425cc, culminating in the full power 602cc version with 32bhp on tap as fitted in the vehicle on offer here.
This 1976 2CV AK400 van was acquired by the vendor direct from France and was chosen because of its generally sound condition. He imported it and has obtained the all-important NOVA reference number which should make it’s UK registration a formality.
It was MOTd when it first arrived and is due to have a fresh test by the time of the sale. Perhaps it’s least redeeming feature is the carefully applied brush paintwork, although this looks quite acceptable and rather suits the workhorse image.
This charismatic little van should give its owner many happy hours behind the wheel once the UK registration formalities have been completed.