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Citroen 2CV pre-WWII prototype. "One-eyed" Citroen enthusiasts will enjoy viewing four examples of the prototype during the event.

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A record-breaking global gathering of CitroŽn 2CVs is set to take place from 26th-31st July at the 19th International ĎAmis de la 2CVí, an event expected to attract over 6,000 examples of the legendary and iconic CitroŽn model.

Held every two years, the meeting attracts participants from all over the world who come together to celebrate one of CitroŽnís longest-running success stories.†The 2011 event, involving many of Europeís 2CV ownerís clubs, promises to be the biggest yet.

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In the setting of a 60-hectare site near Salbris in central France, four pre-war prototype 2CVs will be on show alongside the contemporary CitroŽn REVOLTe concept - a city car combining luxury and technology, inspired by the 2CVís distinctive silhouette.

Originally developed in the 1930s, most of the 250 prototype 2CVs were destroyed before World War II - with the exception of three, which were hidden to stop them falling into enemy hands.†The fourth was stored by Michelin.†The 2CV was finally unveiled at the 1948 Paris Motor Show, before going on to enjoy a fantastic sales 'career' with an amazing 5,114,940 units sold between 1948 and 1990.

A wealth of activities will be taking place on and off site at the meeting, including; a 2CV Ďdisassemble-reassembleí competition; a bring-and-buy sale; various childrenís events; and the use of driving simulators. Road routes will be provided for those wishing to explore the local region and a small number of 2CVs will be on hand for those wishing to discover, or rediscover, the feeling of driving this automotive legend.


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