1978 Citroën 2CV 4 Special


  • An original, well presented and very usable example
  • Complete with French registration and FFVE paperwork
  • In very good overall condition, both mechanically and cosmetically

The Appeal

If we were to narrow down the most important cars of all time, the Citroën 2CV would of course rank very highly indeed. It was the car that put war-torn rural France on four wheels and pioneered a number of new technologies in engine design and suspension.

This 1978 2CV 4 Special is a particularly fine, original example that’s clearly received a lot of care over the years. Resplendent in orange and black, it certainly looks the part, and the vendor informs us that it drives very well indeed. In present ownership for the past two years, the car has reportedly been garage stored in Paris and therefore is nicely preserved out of the elements.

Complete with valid French registration and FFVE paperwork, this classic Citroën is ready to enjoy.

The History and Paperwork

  • Acquired from Normandy in 2021 from a gentleman who had had it for a very long time 
  • Previously stored in a garage with supporting maintenance invoice
  • Service carried out two years ago
  • A technical inspection was carried out a week ago.
  • In current ownership it has lived in a secure garage in Paris
  • Technical inspection valid until 08/20/2028
  • Accompanied by various items of French registration paperwork

The Interior

  • Original and in great shape for its age
  • Black vinyl upholstery exhibiting little in the way of wear
  • Retains the correct rubber mats on the floor which are only lightly worn
  • A cover has been added to the steering wheel
  • The dashboard looks to be in great shape
  • We understand all to be in good working order so far as the vendor is aware
  • The boot is nicely presented and complete with spare wheel

The Exterior 

  • Two-tone orange and black paintwork
  • Fantastic overall condition with just a few small blemishes including the odd scratch
  • Various stickers have been added to cover a couple of marks
  • Some ‘orange peel’ to the paint in places, although it’s very smart overall
  • Straight bodywork, with no notable damage
  • The underside presents well with a smattering of surface corrosion
  • All the trim, glass and badging appears in good order
  • Light patination to the bumpers
  • Spare headlamp provided

The Mechanics 

  • 435 cc air-cooled parallel-twin 
  • Four-speed manual gearbox
  • Last serviced when the vendor acquired the car
  • Requires lead substitute when adding unleaded petrol (some provided with the car)
  • Fitted with five horns! (recently replaced)
  • Recently renewed technical inspection
  • The vendor adds that sometimes the idle speed needs adjusting as the engine cuts out when stationary on occasion


There should be room reserved in every collection for a 2CV. This well presented example is ready to go with its fresh technical inspection and is sure to make all those who encounter it smile from ear to ear.


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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1978
  • Make Citroen
  • Model 2CV
  • Colour Multicolour
  • Odometer 60,257 Kilometres
  • Engine size 435
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Paris
  • Country France
Bidding history
2 bids
  • alain-b•••• €2,600 24/09/23
  • yohann-•••• €2,500 24/09/23

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