Here’s a reason to keep your 2CV in pristine shape… At the RM Sothebys’ auction on January 28-29 in Scottsdale Arizona this 1974 Citroën 2CV6 sold for a whopping $49,500 US. And this isn’t a socked away “zero mileage original”, but rather a restored 2CV. Granted the restoration was done to a very high standard by Axel Kaliske of 2CVs R Us in Seattle, Washington, and it was to the rarest of Charleston color schemes, Yellow on black, but even so – $50K? That’s a pretty hefty premium considering one can put a 2CV on the road today restored to “brand new” condition with the rolling chassis that Burton offers, new body shell and completely new interior for under $35K. Ah! – but buyers at auctions like RM Sothebys are not plugged into the 2CV world. They see a cute little 2CV and their wallets open.
The vehicle’s marketing for the auction no doubt helped. Offered from the Craig McCaw Collection, the listing touted the owner’s dedication to quality; and that only best example available was acceptable. And then 24 nicely photographed images were included. The listing eluded to the odometer showing only 406 kilometers at the time of cataloguing. But being that the car was restored, it was not the original mileage!
One other reason for the high price it commanded may have the addendum disclosure that some of the proceeds from the sale of the Craig McCaw Collection would benefit Stanford, the Revs Program at the University, and other charities including The Nature Conservancy. We suspect these were factors in creating record breaking price.
In any event, for the rest of us 2CV owners, even if nice 2CVs are really worth just haft that, it helps to know that our efforts to keep them on the road is money well spent in preserving their value.
RM Sothebys’ photo listing of 1974 2CV6, Chassis no. AZA9103167, Engine no. 1GW02016660:
Original auction listing at: