2CV

Station Service Ouverte France | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2013)

Lost Places | Beheaded bodies, robbed carcasses and zombies

Flag FranceBeheaded bodies, robbed carcasses and zombies

Lost Places   |   Rust in Peace


Discovering a defunct service station displaying a sign saying Station Ouverte was already weird in its’ own right. The place looked like it had been left in a hurry and the proprietors haven’t returned since. Being the kind of person who is always keen to figure out what might have happened, I walked around the building and found… the carcass of a little vehicle the French call La Deuche.

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Toyota LandCruiser 80-Series | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2009)

Toyota LandCruiser HJ80 | Leader of the 2CV pack

Flag FranceToyota LandCruiser HJ80 | Leader of the 2CV pack

Some people drive a Citroën 2CV for fun. Some people want to have more fun with their 2CV and take them on a trip to the Sahara desert in Morocco. A great idea if you are not afraid to take your classic vehicle on long distance trips under sometimes harsh conditions. The French call this kind of adventure “raid” – and it is anyone’s guess whether or not this word originates from being afRAID once or twice along the way.

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Citroen 2CV Deux Deuches Custom | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2009)

Citroën 2CV | Deux Deuches Custom

Flag FranceCitroën 2CV | Deux Deuches Custom

Deux Deuches Custom: A pair of Citroën 2CV at the beach in Cap de l’Homy – modified beautifully in the typical and tasteful French customizing style. The best paintjobs I have ever seen on a 2CV, absolutely spotless! On the red/pink 2CV I especially like the widened fenders that are integrated nicely into the flipfront. The deep dish steelies are a great touch as well.

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Citroen 2CV Burton Roadster | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2009)

Burton Roadster | Yes, it’s based on a 2CV!

Flag FranceBurton Roadster | Yes, it’s based on a 2CV!

At first glance this might be a vintage something-or-another. And even at the second and third glance most people will still be fooled. If you look closely, you might spot a few hints here and there: three lug wheels and familiar headlights. But only if you open the hood does it dawn on you, that this might not be that vintage at all. This vehicle was actually built in 2007!

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Citroen Dyane StanceRat | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2009)

Citroën Dyane | The ugly duckling of the 2CV family

Flag FranceCitroën Dyane | The ugly duckling of the 2CV family

Worldwide the Citroën 2CV unites many enthusiasts. There are plenty of clubs and interest groups. They even organize huge meetings each year, one of which I visited in 2009 in Lit-et-Mixe while being on a surfing holiday nearby. But wait… the 2Cv has a sister even most Citroën enthusiasts describe as being rather… ugly.

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