America has the Jeep, Great Britain the Land Rover, and and Japan the Land Cruiser. When it comes to the task of off-roading, almost every great car-building has an iconic – and usually very traditional – 4×4 to call to duty. Of course, the French always have to be different, and when it comes to all-wheel, or 4-wheel drive vehicles, it doesn’t get much more different than the Citroën 2CV Sahara.
The Deux Chevaux, or two-horse was developed before the war. Not wanting so radical and innovative a design – it could traverse a farm field without breaking a single egg in a passenger seat-mounted basket – to fall into the hands of the Germans, Citroën’s engineers hid them in attics and other out of the way places. Post-war, the car became France’s answer to the VW Beetle, and perhaps the country’s most iconic representation in motor vehicle form. Over more than four decades of production they changed very little, all being front-wheel drive and featuring an air-cooled two cylinders for power. Well, almost all. … Continue Reading