1948 2CV and 1961 Panhard PL 17 Added to Bonhams Arizona Auction

Along with the sale of a 1959 Citroën ID19 Berline that we mentioned two weeks ago, Bonhams has added two more interesting french cars to be auctioned at the The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona on January 25, 2024:

1948 Citroën 2CV

Chassis no. 9322
Estimate: $12,000 – $18,000 USD

A first year of production production 2CV will surely generate interest. This 1948 model (though titled 1949) once resided at the Sarasota Classic Car Museum. It is highly original and unrestored. The listing states that some mechanical work is required to return it to running and driving condition, as the following pictures indicate. Experiencing a 2CV in its purest form would undoubtedly make it worth the effort.

LOT 12
1961 Panhard PL 17 Sedan

Chassis no. 2078607

Engine no. 116838
Estimate: $20,000 – $30,000 USD

By 1964 Panhard had been absorbed by Citroën and the PL 17 was retired, arguably because it was a better sedan in its day than Citroen was offering with the Ami 6. Here was a car that was equipped with an 848cc air-cooled 2-cylinder boxer engine that reportedly put out 50 bhp (the Ami 6 2-cylinder boxer engine was just 602cc and 29 bhp). Its suspension was more conventional with front transverse leaf springs, rear trailing arms and torsion bars. Drum brakes were on all four wheels.

According to the consignor, it was sold new in Belgium and spent much of its life gently motoring around the continent. It came to the USA several years ago with a collector, Dale Martin of Rallye Imports in Midland, Michigan, and the listing says that it has since been well maintained in largely original condition. “Original details include the wonderful turbine wheel covers and aluminum headlight eyebrows and aluminum bumpers. Handsomely presented in maroon with tan upholstery.”

A full auction list of Bonhams Arizona offerings can be found here: https://www.bonhams.com/auction/29260/the-scottsdale-auction/

Update — Jan 25, 2024:

The 1948 2CV sold for $17,920 USD

The 1961 Panhard PL 17 sold for $12,880 USD.


  1. Is that REALLY a 1948 2CV? I seem to remember that even in France, such a model would be extremely rare. If it was real, it’s worth much more than the auction price.

  2. seen it too late. too bad. I am running a 2CV AZAM from 1966 since almost 20 years now, and never regretted to have bought it… works like a clock, never let me down, never needed any ignition re-adjust (super unusual for a pure mechanical 2CV)…

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