Most recently we've seen Chris Harris in the driver's seat of a Jaguar F-Type, a McLaren P1 prototype and a Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG. And outside the car, there was his indignation over the demonization of the Porsche Carrera GT after Paul Walker's death. So you might not expect him to say of a 1957 Citroën 2CV with all of 12 horsepower, "it's the antidote to all the modern stuff I drive."

That's only the beginning of the hosannas, Harris going on to call the runabout designed to carry two farmers and 50 kilograms of potatoes at 39 miles per hour "the most interesting car I have or ever will own." We could tell you why, but it sounds so much more distinguished when he does it. So you can watch him do so in the video below. Unsurprisingly, not a single drift was given that day.



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      mawhalen53
      • 8 Months Ago
      Really enjoyed this video. He captures the charm of older cars well - momentum driving, fear of hills, and the joy they bring despite doing everything 'worse' than modern cars.
        Kent Kangley
        • 8 Months Ago
        @mawhalen53
        I couldn't agree more. Reminds me of the way I would drive my old 2nd-gen VW bus. So much fun.
      Lachmund
      • 8 Months Ago
      I got the highest respect for Chris Harris because he definately is a real car nut if he can appreciate something like the 2CV
      redssstew
      • 8 Months Ago
      Loved that! Hes Very Good at explaining things. I couldnt agree more with him also. I keep a Jeep Cherokee for the same reasons. Its Nice to go back to Plain Old Mechanical Simplicity!
        redssstew
        • 8 Months Ago
        @redssstew
        And also another reason for the "Save the Manuals" argument.
      MXV
      • 8 Months Ago
      I've got the chance to purchase a 1968 (with new chassis and rebuilt 425cc) this summer. This video "helped" a lot. The bank account's going to take a hit...
      Krazeecain
      • 8 Months Ago
      This re-sparked my interest in the 2CV, sadly they're almost non-existent here in Canada...
      Nick Ricci
      • 8 Months Ago
      I have one of those converted into a 3-wheel car called a Lomax 223, so fun. But so slow.
      Riley C.
      • 8 Months Ago
      I've always wanted one of these bad boys, this thing would be perfect for the lazy Sunday afternoon drive. Quirky, out of place, yet fun and never boring, even though it has as much horsepower as a modern-day riding lawnmower.
      Mr Sled
      • 8 Months Ago
      There is a 2CV that Snoopy drives in the movie "Bon Voyage Charlie Brown" that further reinforces Harris' personification of the little car's character. So cool!
      SquareFour
      • 8 Months Ago
      He pretty much nailed all points on why stuff like this is so enjoyable. That bit about how can anything that brings smiles be bad was spot on. I rode a 45 cu in flathead for a number of years for all of the reasons he cited. When ever I'd get questions about its performance, I'd tell 'em it's not that it's slow, it's just "unfast". I still have to practice the speed management things he mentioned in my daily driver beater...which, btw, was made in 1998 with a whopping 95 ponies! I find that every time the interstate speed limit increases, I'm relegated more and more to the slow and middling lanes. I don't mind...I'm too busy planning for the next hill to mind.
      Darren McLellan
      • 8 Months Ago
      I have always wanted a 2CV. Chris even made it make sense to SWMBO.
      zambono
      • 8 Months Ago
      love these, specially the 2 tones, black and burgundy
      Toronto St. Pats
      • 8 Months Ago
      Dumb western people, they get so bored with their lives that they actually start liking pieces of crap.
        Colin
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Toronto St. Pats
        We had two 603cc Dyanes in the sixties/seventies, which were 2cvs wearing hatchback bodies with slightly more structural rigidity, which made them 'handle' far better than the true 2cv. They both had the genius centrifugal clutches. Neither of these daily drivers ever went wrong, light bulbs and the occasional piece of exhaust pipe, and that's it. And they would run at 70mph all day. I drove to France and Italy a few times in these brilliant cars, and was never uncomfortable. They were just brilliantly engineered, it's as simple as that. I miss them.
        Moreno636
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Toronto St. Pats
        Exactly automotive hipsterisim at its finest. This is the epitome of first world nonsense, not one single person that has posted here would ever own such a car. Its just cool because Chris has a british accent and wears a poncy hat at the beginning, and makes it sound like a hoot driving around for 30 mins around some B roads.
          Nathan
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Moreno636
          I own a LandRover NAS Defender 110, which follows the rudimentary design logic of the Citroen 2CV. There's a lot of people who like simple straightforward things. I wouldn't want to drive a 2CV for long interstate trips but as a runabout within one's locale, it seems fine.
          SquareFour
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Moreno636
          I can generalize too and label both of you as bitter, ignorant douches, but that doesn't mean I actually know a thing about you or that I'm right. There's plenty of us who enjoy old, quirky stuff and have been enjoying it for a helluva lot longer than "hipsterism". If neither of you can appreciate cars like this, well, that's your problem. Quit acting like it somehow makes you superior. You're both just another couple of people with opinions no one much cares much about. Welcome to the club.
          ponycargt
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Moreno636
          Don't be so pretentious, aat. That's like saying that if you haven't seen all of Buster Keaton's silent films you can't say you love watching movies.
          ponycargt
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Moreno636
          Square, it is not the people who don't like this car who feel they are "superior", it's the people who purport to like it. If somehow the majority of people had one of these, the same people who are fans of it now would suddenly prefer a corolla.
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