1956 Citroen 2CV Hot Rod

Think of hot rods and the first thing that comes to mind is the classic '32 Ford and nostalgia films like American Grafitti. Finding a '32 Ford in Europe can be a little more difficult, and Fin Olli Erkkila decided to create his own take on the hot rod formula, using the French Citroen 2CV. The French equivalent to the VW Beetle, the 2CV was introduced in 1948 and finally ended production in 1990. Like the '32 Ford, the car was made in prodigious numbers, with 3.8 million produced. Erkkila's started with a 1956 2CV shell found decaying in the woods. He stretched the frame, providing a longer, lower base to smooth out the shape of the chopped roof and reworked the canvas retractable top to fit. An updated 2CV engine replaced the nine horsepower 375cc original, and the exterior was painted metallic silver and black color scheme with black spoked wheels from a 1930s Ford — a subtle nod to hot rodding history.

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