Citroën 2CV

“The Icon”

Citroën 2CV

The 2CV was the first and probably only car to advertise all the things it didn’t have. And it worked, because the 2CV, which was first launched in 1936 as the prototype of a Toute Petite Voiture (very small car), became a real icon.

Services for Citroën 2CV

Maintenance & repair

Maintenance of your Classic Citroën

CQS classics provides your beloved classic Citroën with a check-up or maintenance. We are experts in restoring and repairing your car to it’s original appearance.

Check-up

Next points will be overlooked by performing a check-up of your classic:

  • Level of liquids like break fluid and window fluid
  • Condition filters
  • Complete ignition circuit
  • Condition breaks
  • Suspension, steering and driving condition
  • Condition hydraulic circuit if present
  • Steering and suspension lubrication
  • Lighting, horn and windscreen wipers
  • Tire and tire pressure condition
  • Complete starter and charging circuit
  • Engine adjustment
  • Engine and gearbox mounts
  • Check-up of complete lower panel

Depending on the number of kilometers driven and the elapsed time since the previous maintenance, the above parts will be replaced when necessary. Of course, this is always done in consultation with the customer. We would like to ask you to make an appointment if your car needs maintenance.

After this check-up and any repairs, your car is technically ready for the road. If the car needs to be inspected, the only thing left for us to do is to adjust the lights and the hydrocarbon. Afterwards you can drive to the technical inspection yourself, or we can do this for you.

Platform Change

Replacing the platform of a Citroën 2CV

A rusted platform usually means a red inspection certificate during the annual MOT. But don’t worry, this doesn’t necessarily mean that your 2CV has come to the end of the road. It’s worth noting that welding rust holes is not always an option. The chassis may have already been tainted by rust to such an extent that it may have seriously degraded, meaning it is at risk of creasing or even breaking. Caution is therefore required.

CQS Classics has the expertise to make a professional evaluation of the state of the chassis of your 2CV. Where necessary we can also replace it. The relevant Belgian legislation is very strict, however. In fact, it is even stricter than in the neighbouring countries. When a chassis number of a 2CV is incorrect or incomplete, the car may be rejected or even banned from driving after an MOT.

You can avoid this risk by purchasing a new chassis from CQS Classics. Citroën and the Belgian Ministry of Transport have given us a mandate to engrave chassis numbers in a new chassis. This is done based on your vehicle documents. You then receive an engraving certificate from us, which you must keep with your vehicle documents. While we can install the chassis for you, you are of course free to install it yourself. Regardless of your preference, you can always make an appointment with CQS Classics for a platform change. Or you can visit www.citroparts.com, where you can buy a platform online.

Welding

Rust is quite possibly the greatest enemy of any classic car and your Citroën DS is no different in this respect. Unfortunately desperate situations call for desperate measures. Sometimes minor welding is sufficient, such as welding a new inner panel or part of the underbody. But sometimes more radical interventions are necessary, such as the replacement of the sills or the entire underbody. The kind of job that is best left to professionals.

CQS Classics always uses the same method. Together with you, we take a critical look at the car, after which we send you a quote of the parts that need replacing/welding.

Then our experienced welders set to work. They use top-class parts and the right materials. And they take the original welds and spot welds into account. This is the only way you can avoid situations such as doors that no longer seamlessly close after a restoration.

CQS Classics can also give your car a thorough anti-rust treatment, ensuring it can withstand the test of time in all weather conditions.

Bodywork

CQS Classics has years of experience working with classic cars, especially post-war classic Citroëns. This means that CQS Classics can advise and assist you every step of the way, with minor or major bodywork.

Here is what CQS Classics can offer you:

  1. We have colour cards and the codes of all the original paints used by Citroën. That way you can be certain that your DS will be repainted in the right colour of your choice. You can also choose another, non-original Citroën colour.
  2. To avoid differences in colour during partial repaint jobs, we always start by checking a painted part, to determine the exact composition of the paint.
  3. We can also paint parts that you can then assemble yourself. E.g., parts that need replacing because of rust or damage.
  4. Naturally we only use top-class products to guarantee a top-notch result.
Partial Restoration

CQS Classics gives you the option to restore your Citroën 2CV to its original condition in various phases.

You can choose to bring your car to CQS Classics during the winter months. We take advantage of this ‘hibernation’ to perform the necessary repairs and restoration so that you can enjoy your old-timer again during the summer months.

How we proceed:

  1. You make an appointment and bring us your car.
  2. We look over your 2CV with you and discuss your wishes. After a thorough review by our specialists, we can assist you in a professional manner to determine the priorities.
  3. We draw up a phased plan in consultation with you, taking into account your budget and timing.

All work is done in consultation and in accordance with your wishes and specifications. Are you curious about some of our projects? Then view our restoration examples of the Citroën 2CV.

Total Restoration

CQS Classics restores your Citroën 2CV to its original glory during one comprehensive restoration, in accordance with your wishes.

We take care of every aspect of the car during this total restoration, including the mechanics, the electricity and the bodywork.

How we proceed:

  1. We make an appointment for a preliminary visual inspection. We prefer to do this in our own workshop, but we can also come to you if necessary.
  2. We examine your 2CV with you and listen to your wishes. We also advise you on what we think is necessary to restore your 2CV to mint condition.
  3. We prepare an indicative quote, which we discuss with you.
  4. After you have approved our quote, we draw up a restoration agreement, in which we summarise all the works, budgets and agreements.
  5. You can follow the restoration process with your personal link to our website while we work on your car.

Are you curious to see some of our projects? Have a look at some of our Citroën 2CV restoration projects.

Interested?

Are you interested in a free quote or do you want to review the different options with us? Contact us for an appointment. CQS Classics is at your service.

Want to see more?

Are you curious about some of our projects?
Then check out our examples of Citroën 2CV on our portfolio page.

History

Everyone’s friend

There is no other car that has so many nicknames as the 2CV, whose name (deux-chevaux) refers to its two tax horsepower. The Dutch were the first to call it the Ugly Duckling, English nicknames include Tin Snail, Dolly and Upside-down Pram. But this is the clearest indication that the 2CV left no one unmoved. Most people know someone who owns or owned one, but many people also were proud owners themselves. Interestingly enough, the car was the subject of much derision at its launch on 7 October 1948 at the Paris Motor Show. A Swiss magazine was the only publication to predict a great future for this tiny Citroën. And how right they were. By 1950, prospective owners had to wait up to six years for their 2CV to roll off the line.

The car’s jaunty appearance suggests that the designer came up with its design one happy day, but nothing could be further from the truth. The 2CV was the result of far-reaching market research combined with an excellent idea of what customers really wanted. Namely a cheap car that labourers or farmers could afford, that was large enough to transport a fifty-litre barrel of wine, but with a sufficiently flexible suspension that allowed you to pass a field with a basket of eggs on board without breaking a single egg. Equally important, the car had to be high enough to avoid farmers from having to take their hats off when they drove to church on Sunday mornings.

It took some aiming, but the 2CV hit the mark. The almost utilitarian Dolly became an icon. Better yet, driving a 2CV became a way of life. The result: more than 4 million 2CVs had rolled off the line by the time production stopped in 1990. The last 2CVs were built in Portugal and were often made using parts that were sourced from various locations. During its long career, the 2CV was also built in Belgium. The Belgian 2CV stood out in France because of its exceptional production quality, prompting Citroën to build a more luxurious version, called the AZL.

The 2CV is also easily converted because of its simple construction (the bodywork can be easily detached from the chassis). This gave rise to the Méhari and the 2CV vans as well as the Vanclee Mungo and kit cars such as the Lomax, Le Patron and Burton. Regardless of what it looks like, the 2CV still has a large fan base, as evidenced by the thousands of owners and fans that gather every two years at the international 2CV meeting. Because the 2CV continues to be the perfect car for a relaxed ride through the countryside or in the mountains. And even on the motorway, where it can reach a top speed of 110 km/h.

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