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2012-07-16 09:48

CITROEN 2CV's FILL THE STREETS: Citroen 2CV cars line a street by Washington Square Park on July 15, 2012 during the 13th Annual Bastille Day Rally.

New York - Citroen 2CV fans got a treat on Sunday July 15 as owners of the iconic French car cruised through Manhattan. Other Citroen models also participated in the event in honour of France's Bastille Day holiday celebrated on July 14.

George Tavares, a Portuguese immigrant living in New Jersey, was out to impress with his red-and-white 1987 2CV. He said he enjoyed the occasion, "its something you don’t do every day".

"To drive to New York with a bunch of Citroens, it's just an unbelievable experience," he said.


The 2CV, manufactured by the French automaker from 1948-1990, was considered an economical choice. Its Bauhaus-inspired curves were designed by Italian Flaminio Bertoni and won generations of fans but its modest engines spawned jokes such as: "Zero to 60 (mph) in one day."

Yet, for its biggest fans, there is no other car like it. Mark Paulhus, who came from Connecticut in his 1974 blue 2CV, bought the car for the 60th anniversary in 2008, the same year he came for Bastille Day.

"They are crazy. It's a unique car, a technological car. It was advanced for its time and it's still very relevant today. They run well, they ride well, it's a great car to have," he said

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