If you put "iconic French car" into Google, it comes up with lots of pictures of 2CV's. But I just don't get it. Or at least I thought I didn't.
There are still a lot of them on the road and all these pictures were taken on the same afternoon. We saw this one in Richelieu a couple of weeks ago. I don't know if it was a special Sunday car or just regular transport.
We saw this rather cheery bright red one at a classic car / autojumble event at Luzé. I liked the folding sunroof and definitely approved of the colour, although I noticed that one door looked a different shade from the rest. It looked in too good condition to be everyday transport.
We saw this collection of old and dead 2CV's out in the country somewhere. Rather sad, I thought. Although presumably handy if you needed a bit of one for something.
Then I spotted this one at Richelieu. Now you're talking. It had beautiful white leather seats and was nothing short of positively gorgeous. Definitely a Sunday best car.
A big thank you to Keith Eckstein of A Taste of Garlic for pointing out that this is not a 2CV, but a Dyane. (See comments.) I should have known !! A classy car will have a classy name. Being a woman, what would I ever know about any car except if I like the colour !!
(Now if it had been a Harley-Davidson, I would know exactly which model it was.)
A couple with a child were walking towards me as I was admiring it and snapping away. The man turned out to be the owner of the car. I complimented him on his classy vehicle and asked if he minded me taking photos. He didn't mind at all but was rather surprised when I asked if I could take his photo with it. Why not - it was his car. It sounded nice when he drove it away, too.
It was so gorgeous I thought I might have been converted. But no - I would still prefer a Renault 4. Maybe I just haven't seen the right 2CV yet.