A Century of Cars: 24. Solido 1979 Citroen 2CV6
One of the cars on the website where I
actually owned the 1:1 version. I had it from about 1983 through to
1986 when my wife passed her test and demanded something a bit more
normal. I had the 2CV6 Club, which had the cloth seats, the square
lights (Dollys had round ones) and a fold-back rather than roll back
front on the roof. Sort of a posher version, mine was pale jade
green with matching striped seats.
I had previously owned a Volvo 164e, a huge 3 litre gas guzzler with all the leather and chrome you could ever want. I had also recently started dating my wife who then as now was a frugal person and persuaded me to go for something a little more economical. My view was not to do half a job and chopped the Volvo in for one of these. I actually really liked it. It had an unstoppable charm, it always worked and it would go anywhere. It also saved me a heap of cash.
We went on honeymoon to France in it, I commuted from Chester to Gravesend weekly in it, and after using it hard for three years I sold it for £100 more than I paid for it. Never mind the hole in the floor where my foot had gone through and the detached boot lid.
During our courtship I landed a very good job with a company car, a Cavalier SRi. I kept the 2CV and once we were married I presented my wife with it. A month later it was swapped in for a new Renault 5 Supercinq, so much for sauce, geese and ganders.
I have to say that the 2CV was a genuine classic. It was a brilliant design which worked very well. It was comfortable & roomy if a little slow and noisy, great fun to drive and ultra reliable. My wife has a C1 now, which I guess is it's descendant, while being an excellent car it has none of the original charm of the 2CV. One of the world's great cars.