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

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  1. cetin says:

    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. Lynne howard says:

    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