The Tragic Story of The Last 2CV Ever Produced

The 2CV is one of the longest standing cars in history. It was invented pre-war, went into production in 1949 and, after decades of only minor improvements, it's in 1990 that it was retired for good after over 40 years.

Indeed production ended in Levallois-Perret, France, in 1988 due to the cost of hand-building the 2CV, and was moved to Mangualde in Portugal where it went on for another two years.

But Citroen eventually pulled the plug for good on the lovely 2CV, a symbol of France on par with the Eiffel Tower and the Baguette, a embodiment of the French art de vivre, as indeed knowing how to really live is in itself an art.

This is the truly tragic story of the last ever Citroen "2CV6 Special" to come of the French production line in 1988, and its owner, Roger Brioult, editor in chief of "La Revue Technique Automobile".

In 1974, Mr Brioult, in love with the 2CV and knowing what it represented in French history and culture, had the foresight of ordering the last 2CV that would ever be produced. He knew Citroen were eventually going to retire the old lady.

Citroen initially were against it not even knowing when the production line would stop, but Brioult insistent paid for it then, 14 years before it was even built.

And so on 18th May 1988, Mr Brioult received his 2CV, the last to ever come out of the French Citroen factory.

The car was delivered to his home in the Orne departement on the back of a truck, then pushed inside his garage. It was never driven or registered and had only 5km on the meter.

Mr Brioult enjoyed his 2CV for 24 years. 

Image  Le Parisien

Image  Le Parisien

But in March 2012, the car was stolen. Its value reported at 100,000 Euros.

Mr Brioult now aged 90 and already weak, died 10 days later. The theft of his 2CV surely played a big part in that.

As for the car, it was too famous and was found in May, burnt, away from public view. A final blow to the 2CV, a crime, at least one Mr Brioult never knew of.