Another blue French Norev this morning, the wonderful Pierre Bardot special from 1953. And from the same source as the other blue Norev from earlier.
Oh, the title? That’s ‘Merican for Une Barquette de 2 Chevaux... a title I’ve blatantly stolen from the last time we saw this car. I can’t really describe this little gem better than Jobjoris did, so I highly recommend getting the background from that excellent post from almost exactly 1 year ago. This post is why I couldn’t resist when he offered to add this and another 2CV special to my “order” from the Dutch Diecast Mafia kingpin last year.
Quite an accomplished machine for only 350cc! I need to drive a 2CV, any 2CV. They all seem so happy.
I just need to share this horrible Google translation here, of the French 2CV-legende site page for this car, it’s too good.
“Constructed as a unit between 1951 and 1953, the 2CV Barbot will carry the colors of Citroën and the 2CV to the highest. Created by an engineer in physics and chemistry and piloted by a young gifted (Jean Vinatier), the tray will sink a lot of ink.
Short of 25 cm in relation to the original 2CV, each element composing the tray must be adjusted, adapted or remanufactured. Only the wings will be kept of origin, except the integration of the headlights in the wings. It will arrive victorious to the bowl of gold of 1953, spraying the record over 24 hours.”
Yes... it did indeed arrive at the bowl of gold victorious. At Montlhery that year it managed a class win by Jean Vinatier at the Bol d’Or, and sprayed several world records over 24 hours later. The Bol d’Or is still held as a 24 hour motorcycle race, rotating to different tracks as it always has. I have the 1952 class-winning Renault 4CV too, and really need to do some deep research to expand my knowledge of the event, the material I have read is fascinating.
In my searches I’ve seen this exact car with the Yacco oil logo and same license tag being used properly as recently as last year, so I’m happy that it still exists. Old race cars often enter a no-man’s land after becoming uncompetitive, before they become appreciated as period machines, especially small ones in the 60s and 70's. Here’s the great shot I found on the L’Argus site:
Nothing much more I can share that hasn’t been covered already, so enjoy some more pictures.
Have a great weekend, I’ve got some great Teutonic Tuesday and Spaghetti Sunday stuff inbound.