You either love them or hate them – the Citroen 2CV has a distinct shape that has a certain appeal to some but to others it has the opposite effect. However, there is no getting away from the fact that, from a financial perspective, they can be a real asset.
Many people probably don’t think of the Citroen 2CV as a typical classic car but they would be wrong.
The price of a fully restored Citroen 2CV is on the increase with vehicles fetching anything up to £12,000. They had a reputation for being a bit of a rust bucket with most suffering corrosion requiring their chassis and floors to be renewed. Therefore to find a car that still has its original bodywork and paintwork intact is rare and adds further value to it.
Although it is possible to purchase rather “well-worn” Citroen 2CVs for below £2,000 it may be better to spend that bit more on one in better condition as you are invariably going to be faced with some hefty repair bills in relation to the bodywork. As with most things in life it is finding that “happy medium” – you get what you pay for.
Interestingly, you are less likely to achieve a higher price on the older Citroen 2CV as purchasers tend to have a preference for the later models that came with that bit extra speed and had a few more extras. Expect to pay around £6,000 for a well cared for pre-1961 one with the ripple bonnet. For £4,000 you could get one that was manufactured between 1961 to 1981. The extreme as far as pricing goes would be for the rare (fewer than one thousand were built) Slough manufactured Sahara with a twin engine that in mint condition could set you back in excess of £20,000.
So, if you are looking for an appreciating asset, this may be a serious option.