“Ente” is still alive

In Germay you don’t see this specific looking car anymore. It was very famous in my childhood (in the 70s and 80s) and everybody just called this car “die Ente” (“the duck”). I was pleasantly surprised that in France (where I am on vacation) you still find the Citroën 2CV (French: “deux chevaux”, lit. ‘steam horses’) quite often, although the last car was produced in 1990 (started 1948, total production: 3.8 million cars).


“Conceived by Citroën Vice-President Paul Boulanger to help motorize the large number of farmers still using horses and carts in 1930s France, the 2CV is noted for its minimalist combination of innovative engineering and utilitarian, straightforward metal bodywork — initially corrugated for added strength without added weight. The 2CV featured a low purchase cost; simplicity of overall maintenance; an easily serviced air-cooled engine (originally offering 9hp); low fuel consumption; and an extremely long travel suspension offering a soft ride.”

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