Tell me… The Citroën 2CV Van, the first Vehicle manufactured in Vigo, turns 65 years old

Year 1935. Pierre-Jules Boulanger begins one of the more promising projects, and ultimately significant, in the history of the car. The engineer and head of Citroën, it was proposed to emulate Henry Ford and his Model T, to create a small car, with compact dimensions, practical and economical. Motorizing, so to speak, to France and much of Europe. A project as ambitious as this, and long, until the end of the forties would not result in the Citroën 2CV final, the fulfilled with assumptions such as carrying a basket of eggs in a patch without breaking none. The Citroën 2CV was built, from then on, as the car final and-cut, for the city, for the countryside, for leisure and for work. Hence the question of time to go in game a version with an approach even more professional, of type van. That would be the birth of the Citroën 2CV Van, the same that emerged 65 years ago in France, and the same thanks to the which would be developed from 1958 the factory of Citroën – then Citroën Hispania – in the free Zone of Vigo.

The Citroën 2CV body van turns 65 years, something more than the 58 years that have passed since the factory of Vigo opened its doors.

to a certain extent, this model was one of the silent witnesses of the development of our country, the way that was transformed into a road and of the exodus that half a century experienced the rural environment to conquer the cities, especially the big cities.

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Although the factory of Vigo also manufactured the Citroën 2CV automobile tourism, the first model that came out of their assembly lines, it was precisely the Citroën 2CV Van. Faithful to features that are as significant as its flat-twin engine, air cooled, and its suspension with coil springs, the big advantage off-road, the Citroën 2CV Van was evolving over the years.

This model came to have versions capable of carrying up to 600 kilograms. Until in 1977 it was discontinued to make room for the Citroën Dyane 400, the commercial version of the Citroën Dyane, which was kept in the assembly lines of Vigo until 1987.

If, since then we follow the trajectories of the commercial Model, to our days, we find an extensive list of vans that departed from precisely a subcompact or a compact, and models as representative of our roads as the Citroën C-15.

Source: Citroën