1990 Citroen 2CV6 'Dolly'
Registration Number: G557 BRX
Chassis Number: VF7AKZA00KA866377
Engine number: 0909533826
Described by the motoring writer L J K Setright as 'the most intelligent application of minimalism ever to succeed as a car' and a car of 'remorseless rationality', Citroën’s ‘Deux Chevaux’, or 2CV, is perhaps one of the most widely recognised vehicles in the world.
Like the Volkswagen Beetle, the 2CV was conceived in the 1930s to make an affordable car for the masses, in the 2CV's case with an eye particularly on French rural use with simplicity, frugality and flexible suspension as major criteria. While neither were put into full production until after the Second World War, like the Beetle, the 2CV became not only a million-plus seller, but also one of the few cars in history to continue a single generation in production for over four decades. Over 3.8 million 2CVs were built in various factories around the world.
The peak of sales in the UK was reached in 1986, thanks in part to the trendy 'Dolly' special editions, with production ending in 1990 due to toughening legislation.
A 'late' 2CV manufactured in 1990, this 2CV6 Dolly was supplied new on 30 April 1990. It is fitted with the 602cc two-cylinder air-cooled engine mated to the four-speed manual gearbox. Finished in the desirable colour combination of maroon and cream, or 'plums and custard', with grey cloth interior upholstery, 'G557 BRX' is a very low mileage, seemingly original example. Mileage is extremely low with just 32,789 recorded miles from new at the time of cataloguing.
In the vendor's ownership since December 2020, the 2CV is offered with two sets of keys and a history file containing an original book pack presented in the Citroën wallet. Further paperwork includes the handbook and service book, a selection of recent invoices and a current V5C. MOT valid until 23 August 2024.
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Sold for £6,500
The 'Dolly' has recently had some work done, details of the invoice are attached and sailed through the MOT without any advisories.
There is an extensive history file, but nothing more recent than 2017.
The paint and decals are a little faded and paint is thin on the bonnet, along the shape lines and one patch on the passenger door, showing a little of the pale blue undercoat paint on these highpoints
There are of course other marks and the rear off-side mud guard is slighlty mis-shapen, viewing is strongly recommended to satisfy any potential purchaser as to condition.
It has been cleaned and detailed recently and the fold back roof was a replacement in 2017.
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