Two of my comrades have been riding Ducks since their studies. That was the time you got one Citroën 2CV bought for 100-150 guilders. And if he broke? Then you bought another one for 100-150 guilders and you transferred the best things about the recently deceased duck. So at the end of your study you had a pretty good 2CV.
But then, after forty years, the now notorious 'market forces' come into the picture. We already know four by heart Citroën 2CV 's that are for sale for € 19.000, 19.500, 19.500 and 21.000 respectively. And the providers are pleased to report that there is very little room in the asking prices.
Now the case is that those four golden ducks are literally ZGAN specimens. Immaculate cars with less than 10.000 on the counters. They all still have their authentic 'showroom sunshine' and some of them are still on their original bands. Well: If you have just spent around € 20.000 on a 2CV, then you will not go wrong with four bands. On the other hand: It is doubtful whether these endearing, just awake kissed 2CVs will ever hit the road again. So maybe those old tires are extra valuable.
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Low interest victims
This kind of prizes for classics like this is of course completely fun for enthusiasts. But we just have to learn to live with it that what our passion is is simply a way of investing for others. The low interest rate and so on. And of course we can cry along with the wolves, but there are still plenty of classics not discovered by the big capital. Although: since the Citroën 2CV prices went up sharply, a growing number of people realized that the Renault R4 was a nice and affordable alternative to a duck. The R4s are also no longer as cheap as they were.
In the ongoing Auto Motor Klassiek we have the Citroën Dyane. Dyanes have not yet been discovered.
But whether it's over Citroën 2CV, R4tjes or Dyanes goes: the parts supply is still from perfect to excellent. Just make sure that some imitation sheet metal is not suitable. But we already know that phenomenon from other classics.
There is also still a lot of very bad new bottoms for the Citroën 2CV round. And if something is cheap but does not fit, then you still have a problem. You can work great on these types of cars, even if you don't have a fully equipped workshop. And if you then score your stuff via the trusted addresses, you can drive a very nice classic for a lot less than € 20.000. After all, are those things made for that? To drive.
Because no matter what a classic has cost and how much it is 'worth': The most sad thing you can see is a classic that is rolled out of a closed trailer at a fair or meeting and whose tire profile is cleaned with a brush at the location.
In the meantime, my two comrades continue to brave
In the eyes of investors, their Ducks are weird pastries. But also while driving Citroën 2CV enthusiasts, the state of free-range ducks has meanwhile become something that at least arouses surprise. They often find it 'sin' what the working ducks look like. And the time when a fresh makeover of a 2CV with a roller was considered much better than the restoration with a brush? We apparently have that time seriously behind us.
But below the line there are therefore investors and enthusiasts
The cars of those investors just stay beautiful and good for a long time. Because they are not used. Saved for eternity or thereabouts. That's fine.
But as driving enthusiasts, let's just be happy and satisfied that we drive with our classics
After all, did they learn for that? And whether you drive a top restored model or an honestly lived-in classic? It's about driving. For pleasure. Not about how much your classic is worth in those years. Because life? You do that today.