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Rare Citroen which is just one of 30 left in the world is up for sale for £90,000

August 29, 2019

A VINTAGE Citroen which was built to tackle desert terrains is set to sell for a staggering £90,000 at auction.

 

 

The two-door motor is one of just 700 4x4 models originally made by the French automaker, with around 30 left in working condition.

 

The blue Citroen 2CV is one of just 30 models in working condition left in the world

The bright blue Sahara is tipped to get plenty of interest when it goes under the hammer on September 21 in Portugal, with offers anticipated between £73,000 and £91,000.

 

The classic car also got plenty of attention when it was first hit the road in 1958, mainly due to it being powered by two 12bhp engines.

 

The innovative vehicle has one engine which sends power to the front wheels, while the other is responsible for the rear tyres.

 

Surprisingly, both engines sit under the front seats and there are two ignition keys to get it started.

 

Both engines sit underneath the front two seats

 

It even has two separate key ignitions to get both engines started

 

It originally cost around £715 when it was first produced

 

It also boasts a full-length retractable sun roof

 

It was originally built to tackle difficult terrain and climates in France's North African colonies, boasting a full-length retractable sunroof and lightweight frame.

 

At the time, the Sahara cost around £715, double the price of a standard 2CV.

 

Following Algeria's independence, Citroen dropped the Sahara name and the car became known as the 2CV 4x4 in 1962.

 

A spokesman for RM Sotheby's said: "The Citroen 2CV is unquestionably one of the most important European cars of all time.

 

"Produced in several markets and many models, it was a car for everyone, as proven by its continued popularity.

 

"To call the Sahara four-wheel-drive is selling it short - both engines can be operated independently, making the vehicle front, rear, and all-wheel-drive.

 

The car was originally built to help tackle the difficult terrains in France's North African colonies

 

It is expected to attract offers between £73,000 and £91,000

 

One engine sends power to the front two wheels, while the other controlled the rear wheels

 

"The car also benefitted from near-perfect weight distribution, and was highly adaptable to any terrain.

 

"Saharas have been known to tackle every off-road adventure, even the Dakar Rally."

 

 

 

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