The Citroën 2CV (French: “deux chevaux” i.e. “deux chevaux fiscaux”, literally “two tax horsepower”) was an economy car produced by the French automaker Citroën from 1948-1990. It was technologically advanced and innovative, but with extremely utilitarian and deceptively simple Bauhaus inspired bodywork, that belied the sheer quality of its underlying engineering. It was designed to move the French peasantry on from horses and carts. It is considered one of Citroën's most iconic cars.
In 1953, 'Autocar' in a technical review of the car wrote of, "...the extraordinary ingenuity of this design, which is undoubtedly the most original since the Model T Ford." It was described by CAR magazine journalist and author LJK Setright as "the most intelligent application of minimalism ever to succeed as a car." It was designed for low cost, simplicity of use, versatility, reliability, and off-road driving. For this it had a light, easily serviceable engine, extremely soft long travel suspension (with adjustable ride height), high ground clearance, and for oversized loads a car-wide canvas sunroof (which until 1960 also covered the boot).
Popular French nicknames were "Deuche" and "Dedeuche". The Dutch were the first to call it "het lelijke eendje" ("the ugly duckling") or just "Eend" ("duck"), while the Flemish called it "de geit" ("the goat"). In German-speaking countries, it is called "Ente" ("duck"). English nicknames include "Tin Snail", "Dolly" and "Upside-down pram". In the former Yugoslavia, the car was called "spaček" (pronounced "spa-check", Slovene for "little freak"). In Spanish-speaking countries, they were nicknamed "dos caballos" (two horses), "citrola", "citruca", "la rana" (the frog) and derived from "Citroën" were called "citroneta" and "la cabra"(the goat). In Denmark, the car has many names like "Gyngehest" (Rocking horse) or "Studenter-Jaguar" (student's Jaguar) while amongst 2CV enthusiasts the cars are affectionately called "De kære små" (the dear small ones). In Finland, the 2CV is known as "Rättisitikka" (Finnish for "rag Citroën") because of its canvas roof. In Swedish (at least in the Swedish-speaking areas of Finland), it's called "Lingonplockare" (since the looks are similar to a device for picking lingonberries). In Tunisia, they call it "karkassa". Hungarians call it "Kacsa" (pronounced "kacha" and meaning "duck"). In Israel, it was called "פחנוע" (pronounced "pah-noa", meaning "tin car") and in Iceland it was named "Sítróen braggi" (meaning "Citroën Quonset hut"). In Norway, the name was "Jernseng", meaning "iron bed". In Iran, it is known as "Jian / Zhian ژیان", which means "Fierce". In the U.S., it was known as the "flying rag top". American cartoonist Gilbert Shelton referred to it as the "duh-shuh-vuh", referring to the French pronunciation of "2CV". In Ireland it was noticed as the underdog or íochtarán or it was either called bucket of rust or Buicéad na meirge. This was because most imported cars at the time that come to Ireland would've to wait at the pier or harbour for at least for 3–12 months and especially in Westport, County Mayo where it is well known for its constant rain as the 2cv was very prone to corrosion/ Outside France, the 2CV's most common nickname today is "The Duck", which seemed to be endorsed by Citroën which released a stuffed toy animal in the 1980s representing a duck with Citroën on its side and 2CV under its right foot.
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mjw364 (3606) 2013-03-07 9:36
I was only thinkiong of these cars the other day. I drove my friends mothers 2CV and almost crashed it! An iconic car - I love them.
Nice composition here with line, colours,shapes and visual points of interest. The headlight is an eye - is the indicator a tear drop?
Silvio1953 (97921) 2013-03-07 9:52
Ciao Daniel, great detail of lovely 2CV, I remember this car and I drive it whemn I was young, few years ago :), excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
serp2000 (29122) 2013-03-07 10:01
Ohh, I like this creative idea to show a part of car or something big. Good close up, well seen.
Have you got 8th March as a holiday in Romania too?
claudeD (24125) 2013-03-07 10:30
very fine title, very fine picture and very fine note. I like your contribution to TE here very much.TFS.
WIth regards from Luxembourg
rbassin (11065) 2013-03-07 11:04
Cadrage intéressant sur ces détails typiques et reconnaissables de la 2CV.
holmertz (26806) 2013-03-07 11:21
An interesting and original composition. The curves and details and the balance of blue and grey, with some red, have created a very nice pattern.
Well seen and well thought.
finlay (1531) 2013-03-07 12:19
An excellent creative composition. The 2CV is so iconic that it is still instantly recognisable even though we can only see a small part of it. Well done for seeing the opportunity here.
siudzi (23823) 2013-03-07 13:10
What a great subject for this shot! Brilliant cropping made the view extremely interesting even for someone who is not an old car lover. Excellent pic!
tatadalou (3235) 2013-03-07 13:38
Very informative note, it's funny to see how other countries name this mythic car. Nice close-up framing on the "eye" of the "Deudeuche".
marabu61 (3859) 2013-03-07 14:40
a wonderful detail of this iconic car with great shapes. The colors are a bit unusual for it, as I remember the duck mostly in burgundy red. In our younger hippie years we all dreamed about touring Europe with a deux cheveaux.
I love your great note with all those great names for this car, real good research on this one.
have a good evening
carlo62 (12400) 2013-03-07 15:27
un ricordo ancora molto vivo, anche se sono passati molti anni.
Bel taglio, hai messo in evidenza una delle parti essenziali di questo modello.
macjake (39207) 2013-03-07 15:37
what a great subject.
I really like the choice of composition and how you chose to pick just this one area of the car.
and i like the baby blues and darker blues mixed with a splash of orange.
Oh what i'd give to drive this around Rome, or the hillsides of Italy :)
jjcordier (62280) 2013-03-07 23:28
Tu as retrouvé là un modèle très ancien avec ces étonnants phares rectangulaires (que de souvenirs pour moi!!!). Très bon cadrage donnant une image graphique et lumineuse.
timecapturer (30138) 2013-03-08 3:56
had to be yours this! I love it! A subtle crop and so irresistible. The light and lines are wonderful and this shot very arty and retro. Well observed and creatively presented. Top work Daniel - original and compelling. Would look good in B&W too I think!
Have a great weekend - Regards Brian.
Sergiom (39056) 2013-03-08 5:45
J'aime beaucoup le titre qui accompagne la photo. Je pense même que tu y avais pensé en la prenant.
kasianowak (2179) 2013-03-08 11:13
Another great detail shot. I like the idea of making the putting the light in the centre of attention.
SWEETFREEDOM (18381) 2013-03-08 13:00
interesting crop. good details as usual, fine contrast of colors.
abmdsudi (26183) 2013-03-09 3:09
Sometimes, having a fraction of whole image is effective with high impact as depicted by paying attention to minute details. Great concentration of focus, excellent lighting, colors and clarity. Good move and a well spotted opportunity. Simply awesome, Congrats.
jcpix (3179) 2013-03-09 4:59
What a fantastic look at such an iconic French automobile, this isolated section has many pleasant shapes to admire. The curved hood and wheel cover works in perfect harmony with the circular light and hubcap, and the rectangular lamp is a strong anchor that holds it all down. The colors are splendid and the detail is sharp. This is a really neat image, thanks for sharing a bit of nostalgia!
Have a great weekend,
fds (5295) 2013-03-09 5:52
dear friend very beautiful and very originaly composition with very nice colors
krzychu30 (8767) 2013-03-10 15:34
I like your contribution to the old vehicles theme on TE!The old "duck" Citroen is perfectly close-up and framed by you.It´s almost like we were looking in his eyes.Nicely done!