The idea behind the Citroen 2CV was to present the most affordable family car possible. It would be minimalistic and utilitarian, yet still be comfortable inside. Finally, it needed to have enough space for four occupants and their luggage.
The construction was extremely simple and durable, and all 2CVs had canvas tops. They presented the first Citroen 2CV in 1948. It soon became a bestseller in France, as well as in the rest of Europe. The early models had a diminutive flat twin engine with only 21 CID and nine HP.
However, some later versions grew to 40 CID and 29 HP. The power went to the front wheels, which was highly unusual for the standards of the day. This made the 2CV one of the first FWD cars in the economy class.