1962 Citroen 2CV Sahara

Here's one of our favorites, which is basically a Citroen 2CV with dual engine to yield four wheel drive.  This was specifically built four exploring the French colonies in Africa, but we assume it was expensive or not too competitive with the Land Rover, given production under 700 units total.


These are now collector cars and, unfortunately, well out of our price range.  Still, we love 'em and, oddly, we had never featured one!  The seller provides decent information and images here.  Enjoy and drool!

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Fletcher, NC, USA
$99,500 BIN with offers considered and one day to go


From this angle, this may appear to just be a 2CV with an extra spare. Enthusiasts know what it is, though.


Just a 2CV with some odd vents at the rear?  I think not!


Here's a giveaway that there power in the stern. We're not sure that's a stock fan, though.


Interior is 2CV simple.  Note seat frames and gas tank.


Controls are different from a standard 2CV in that the shifter is on the floor, rather than high in the dash.


Here's that shifter.  No, we don't know exactly what the lower level does, but it must have something to do with engaging the second engine (?).


This is the closest thing to an engine shot provided by the seller.

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the world’s first dual-engine 4×4 vehicle; just 694 were built, and less than 30 survive today

1962 Citroen 2CV Sahara Bi Moteur

Quickly, how many dual engine street legal cars were manufactured in the last half of the twentieth century? You may be hard pressed to find another. The Citroen Sahara was a utility model built to navigate the oil rich North African terrain. It featured identical front and rear engines and could be driven using either engine or both. Unique chassis modifications resulted in durability and off road utility. The cars were hand built by the Panhard division in separate facilities from the main production plants. 694 trickled out beginning in 1958 and few survive today.

SERIAL NUMBER: 0233

After years of looking, uber micro car collector, Dr. Mac Jones, had found his Sahara. A noted broker who specializes in museum acquisitions located a French built car in the Netherlands. It had been owned by a former Citroen employee and had its original engines, transmissions, body and chassis parts. The exhaust system had been replaced. Mac refurbished suspension pieces, cleaned out both gas tanks, replaced the fuel lines and top canvas and enjoyed the car on his farm maintaining it, driving it and enjoying it for 14 years before relinquishing it to us. 

After we acquired it, this Sahara has undergone a sympathetic restoration with parts sourced from Citroen Concours of America (Citroen Pieces) a former Citroen dealer who had purchased an extensive supply of OEM parts. Engine (two) out service was done; carburetors, brakes, and hydraulics were rebuilt. Paint and body panels were preserved. Wipers, brake lines, floor mats, door panels and seat covers were replaced as was a missing driver’s side mirror. Where possible, the originals were saved and will accompany the car.


It’s rare to find a Sahara in this condition, with an original hood for example; most rusted beneath the mounted spare. Most survivors had engine replacements and this example has it's original matching numbers powerplants. This is a remarkable survivor, able to be enjoyed on road, off road or in a collection of unique vehicles.

February 2016 - Barn find, claimed to have 11,000 original kilometers. sold for €172,840 at Artcurial Paris retromobile auction. I saw this car and it was dusty and crusty and needed a lot of work. 
February 2013 - Nice driver quality car, sold for $80,300 at Bonhams Boca Raton auction
October 2012 - unrestored car, similar to mine, sold for $142,500 Bonhams Simeone sale
August 2008 - Over restored shiny green one, sold for $93,600 Bonhams Quail Lodge

Upcoming:

Bonhams Paris February 2017, Estimate $90,000 to $120,000

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