When I've got money, perhaps!
This seems to be him <http://www.2cvtv.com/Specialist/louisbarbour.htm .
Hmmm; 4x4 2CV, eh?
Interesting that newly-rebuilt 2CVs with new galvanised chassis seem to go
for about as many pounds as I paid for my new one in 1976 - and not a lot
less than a new C1 <http://www.2cvcity.co.uk/rebuilds.html .
Sorry, not in the market just now. Intriguing idea though. If I can
resist frittering money away on computer stuff, I might manage to get my
ZX de-dented enough to make it sellable and then cope with all the stress
of selling and buying. Or find a buyer for the non-runner Morris Minor
currently occupying the garage, so that the 2CV would at least have some
refuge. I'm not good at organising myself or dealing with 'things',
though (which is how I come to have a neglected car in the garage in the
Whiskers ( email@example.com) gurgled happily, sounding much like
they were saying :
No! NO! NOOOOO!
Small budget. Low mileage.
Brand new small car is ABSOLUTELY not the way to low overall running costs
- unless, of course, you completely forget about the HUGE depreciation
Yes, it'll be cheap to insure and maintain, and it'll be allergic to fuel.
But the four or five grand you'll lose in depreciation will buy a lot of
servicing and fuel in something larger and older.
For the price of a new C1, you can get a bloody *perfect* 2cv. And have
plentymuch change left over.
76,000 Euros? I went to the Citroen website, and used the configurator.
Totally maxed-out, the car costs about £40,000 - which works out at 58,000
Euros - is it actually cheaper in the UK? That'll be a first!
It's a shame that JC's explanations of the CX controls were so poor:
Particularly the brake pedal. No wonder people felt intimidated by the
technology in the 70s and 80s if they thought the brake pedal was a
simple on/off switch!
I have had two CXs in my time, and would love to own one now (the prices
for which actually seem to be climbing!) but I can't commit to something
which may cost so much to maintain: a quarter of a century of wear-and-
tear is bound to have taken it's toll. These cars need someone willing to
(and able to) tend them with TLC... Not to mention a local good Citroen
... so it was heart-warming to see the design features in the C6 which
harked back to the CX. Back in 1990, I bought a GOOD 1987 CX22TRS for
something like 25% of (that's OF not OFF!) the new list price. I would
like to think that in 2009 I'll be able to repeat the same trick.
However, it might be a bit like dating the daughter of an ex-girlfriend
My own first experience of Citroen power-assisted brakes was not
dissimmilar from his; I was used to un-assisted brakes with long pedal
travel and the need for real effort, so the 'don't even think about
/pressing/ me' set-up came as something of a surprise.
Running costs are what puts me off an 'affordable' hydraulic Citroen.
I've seen too many of them being scraped off the road with crow-bars just
to get the cradle under them for lifting onto the back of a lorry - one
was brought in to the garage where I was buying my 'used' ZX, and the
mechanic and the garage owner were both moaning about the spate of
'grounded' BXs whose owners had tried to stretch the service interval just
I had the same encounter: My first car was a '72 VW Type 2
Transporter (like VW Bus but with less cosy interior) The car had
drum brakes on all wheels and no power brake assistance. During that
time my parents had this brand new Citroen GS Break special with all-
wheel HP operated disc brakes. It was more than once that I produced
some blue smoke with that.
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