“During my student days, the Citroën Dyane my first car”, says Edwin during our Coincidental Meeting with him. “At the time, the cars were less well protected against rust and had a short lifespan, worn and with subcutaneous signs of decay, the last ride often went to scrap.”
By: Dirk de Jong
Edwin continues, “Later I bought a stainless example in France from an 83-year-old first owner in Cahors. The car actually belonged to his wife who had since passed away. I have completely refurbished it technically and later sent some photos to the old owner as a courtesy. He was of course very happy with that. The loving care of his former Citroën Dyane D6 from 1968 served him well. The characteristic of this Citroën is that you can recognize them so easily and luckily there is a lot of enjoyable time in the car hobby.”
The nicer duck?
"Mine Citroën Dyane D6 was only made for a year. The first Citroen Dyane received a lot of criticism for the limited engine power with the 425 cc engine of the 2cv. Later, the power unit became stronger. Was the Citroën Dyane now a better 2cv? Was the Dyane's intention to relieve the 2cv? The fact is that sales of the 2CV – despite the introduction of the 'nicer' duck – remained very high.”
Fortunately, in our country we have many classic car enthusiasts who have all joined somewhere to pursue a common goal or to meet 'kindred spirits'. And to share the pleasure of the car hobby. As in this case with the Citroen Dyane van Edwin.
The story of Citroën about the Citroën Dyane
Of course it was Citroën undeniably positive about her Dyane: “We offer unadulterated driving pleasure and many carefree holiday trips. A top of 110 km and a lot of kilometers for little money. A tireless exploration in any terrain and an astonishing smoothness in traffic. Lots of fresh air, the sun for everyone and a seating comfort that you could not wish for better. In addition, a practical fifth door, so plenty of space for your luggage. And the crowning achievement is of course the charming appearance with its graceful line.”
Much more than a car
Owning a Citroën Dyane was nothing special during Edwin's student days, for him it was a useful and necessary means of transport. Now, so many years later, the beautiful Dyane is special. So special that he is now stared at in traffic. It hurts you when you're on the road and passing cars stop for a moment to give you a thumbs up. Not to mention the nice reactions you get. This way people can see how you enjoy the old-timer hobby. The story behind the car is sometimes just as fun as the car itself.
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