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Click the image above for a high-res gallery of the Citroen 2CV by Hermes

There are a lot of big birthdays in the car industry this year, and the Citroen 2CV joins GM and Land Rover in the candle-blowing crowd. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the deux-say-vay, Hermes created a special version of a 1989 Citroen 2CV6 Special for the Paris Auto Show. If you saw the Bugatti Veryon by Hermes you know what to expect, with hand-stitched swathes of Hermes trademark gray-beige leather contrasted with white on the front and rear benches. Of course the Hermes treatment is worth as much as the car itself, but anything the 2CV lacks in luxury is more than made up for by character. Check out the press release after the jump and the gallery of high-res photos below.



The 2CV celebrates its 60th birthday during the Paris Motor Show, on 7 October 2008. To celebrate the event, Hermes has designed a made-to-measure outfit that highlights the vehicle's ever-friendly and generous forms.

The 1989 2CV 6 Spécial, repainted in brown, gains a natural leather trim on the door facings, interior rearview mirror, gear knob, steering wheel and driver's sun visor. For an even more elegant finish, the two seats are upholstered in Hermès grey-beige cotton canvas and natural leather. As a finishing touch, the bonnet and interior trim at the rear of the vehicle also feature Hermès cotton canvas.

An exhibition celebrating the birthday of this legendary car opened at the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie in Paris on 15 April and is scheduled to run until 30 November 2008.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      What happened to the single-spoke steering wheels?

      If I remember, the stalk on the right does the lights right?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Correct. The one on the left is the indicator - non self cancelling, thank God. We had a few of these, but the Dyane version was better because its more rigid body imparted much better handling, and it was more aerodynamic and therefore faster too. Ours all had centrifugal clutches, which allowed the clutch to disengage automatically at low speed, enabling clutchless crawling in traffic in first gear: brilliant cars, and utterly reliable.
      • 6 Years Ago
      look at that interior. this is one of the most utilitarian machines ever devised. and just look at it in premium skin.

      i want to rub my unit on that stitching.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nicely done.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The fact that they kept it in production until 1990 is awesome.
      • 6 Years Ago
      One of the very best car. An icon. A legend.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ah, sixty years of being the ugliest freakin' car to ever come out of the Occident. Nothing has topped it yet.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is not a classic car, is a concept car, why?: * Can you compare the comfort of a 2CV with its contemporary rivals like beetle and Fiat 500?. Retractable canvas roof, instantly removable back seat turns picnic bench in a minute. * Fuel economy: It wasn't born to win Le Mans but with 2 drops of gas it can take you anywhere farther than any other. * With 2 or 3 standard tools (supplied with the car) you can dismantle all the car < try this at home with any other ca r> . * Stability: Try to roll over it, in a curve, wet floor,... all together to save time. * Looks: Today ladies loves it more than in its heydays. Yes, it was noisy inside, outside sounded like an old guy with respiratory problems, acceleration was hair-pulling slow, structural rigidity to impact: french accordion grade,.. with all its drawbacks it is still a car to be respected for any car head, its looks just make it more lovable through the years . Faux Pax : They ommited the " suicide doors " ! how they could ignore this signature feature, probable the guy at Hermes was called " Citroen with the doors open " at school, in that case I forgive him. As AB blogger Bill mentioned, also the single spoke driving wheel is missing, the center in the 2 spokes wheel was a triangle, the one in the pic looks like a Renault 4 type. Ugly Duck 4 ever! =) .
      • 6 Years Ago
      Those were cute little cars. I miss them. Hey Citroen, can you bring us a new one a la VW & it's new Beetle please?
      • 6 Years Ago
      The signature colour of Hermès is orange, not gray and beige. The gray-beige colour is just a popular request for their lines of custom made goods.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's like putting lipstick on a pig.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Still ugly and slow. And now overpriced.
      • 6 Years Ago
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