On the heels of WW2, post-war France was in desperate need of economical and utilitarian means of transportation, ultimately prompting Citroën to debut the ultra-accessible 2CV. Short for “Deux Chevaux” — translating to “two horses” — the 2CV was first released in 1948 and would remain in production until 1990. During this 42-year run, the 2CV was offered in a wide range of different trim levels and model variants — the most interesting of which was undoubtedly the 2CV Sahara 4×4.
Engineered for use by France’s colonies in Northern Africa, this French-built four-wheeler is based on the standard 2CV, however, it has received a myriad of upgrades and tweaks that make it markedly more off-road capable than the standard Deux Chevaux. In addition to the standard front-mounted engine, the Sahara-spec also boasted a second air-cooled 12-hp 425cc mill in its boot — both of which are fed fuel from their own tank and send power to all four wheels.
With fewer than 700 Sahara-spec specimens built in total, these vehicles have become highly collectible in recent years — with clean examples routinely fetching six-figure sums. This particular vehicle that will soon be headed to auction is even more special, being one of only 85 examples built at Citroën’s Vigo factory for the Spanish Guardia Civil. Benefitting from a recent ground-up restoration, this ’64 specimen is also being sold with an extensive amount of service records and historical documents, as well as pictures and info on its meticulous restoration.
This 1964 Citroën 2CV 4×4 ‘Sahara’ is slated to cross the auction block at RM Sotheby’s upcoming Monte Carlo, Monaco at the Grimaldi Forum auction on May 14 — the same weekend as the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique — where the dual-engined 2CV is being offered without a reserve price.