One of the star lots at this week’s Bonhams Paris Grand Palais classic car auction will be the most highly-sought derivative of that most French of cars; the Citroën 2CV Sahara 4×4.
A nicely-presented 1962 cream-coloured example of this unusual off-roader – one of less than 700 examples of this, the world’s only true twin-engined production car – is estimated to fetch between £64,000 to £94,000 at next Thursday’s Bonhams sale.
With these rare 2CVs becoming increasingly collectable, we expect to see some lively bidding for the twin-engined Citroën; although post-sale it is unlikely that this Sahara will see any tough off-road activity.
However, if you do wish to splash around in some muddy puddles, for roughly the same money as this Citroën, you could invest in a brand new SUV, with rich pickings for similar money to the 2CV’s estimated value.
For example, you could buy an entry-level Range Rover for the same price as this Citroen’s estimate, or opt for a less expensive premium SUV, such as a BMW X5 or Lexus RX, and use the change to go for a cheap and cheerful off-roader like a Fiat Panda 4×4 Cross or Dacia Duster.
Alternatively, you could use the ‘sensible’ c£50,000 premium SUV to drop the kids off at school, and let your hair down in a fun £25K+ weekend toy, such as a Caterham Seven or Mazda MX-5.
However, for the minority with eclectic motoring tastes, such as myself, the chance to own one of the quirkiest and most unusual 4x4s ever built will be difficult to resist, so don’t be surprised if this 2CV sells for more than £100,000!