The 1964 Citroën 2CV Sahara is a Surprisingly Rugged 4×4

The Citroën 2CV is indubitably one of the most iconic European cars of all time. Playfully dubbed the umbrella on wheels, its famous shape, bug-eye headlights and convertible rooftop made it a legendary French workhorse that ran on the smell of an oily rag and could be packed to the brim with luggage for family holidays in the countryside.

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What you probably don’t know, however, is that Citroën made a very rare version (only 694 were ever produced) called the ‘Sahara’, which to this day stands as one of the most forward thinking 4×4 vehicles ever made. It featured two 425cc engines and weighed in at less than 700kg. Two engines also meant two drivetrains, two clutches and two synchronised gearboxes – this is a car designed to go up hills where others can’t.

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This beautifully produced short video envisions one passionate Sahara owners’ story of working alone in the Pyrenees with his 1964 Citroën by his side, using a perfectly restored version of this legendary vehicle. Unrestored versions have fetched north of $250 000 AUD at auction, so one can only imagine the value of a fully restored, original 2CV Sahara, and we think it’s worth checking out.

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