Saturday, November 28, 2009
We drove a few miles south of Charlottesville to visit an uncle of mine, who lives in a house that has been in his family since it was built in 1797. Its name is "Sunnybank," which certainly made sense this morning. Look at the bark on that sycamore shine.
Yes, that is an old Citroen, which he drives down to the corner store for a newspaper every morning.
The 2CV looks like a Charleston model, which makes it post '79.
Once cars are 25-years old it becomes easier to import them to the USA, both in terms of NHSTA (Bumpers, safety, lights, teft prevention regs) and EPA (emissions). For a long time anything pre-'67 was fair game to import.
There was a wheeze that many exploited with the 2cv. Since it was manufactured till '91 and in Europe just another cheap used car, importers in the late '80s would find a worthless pre-'67 2CV and restore its chassis to good condition by powerblasting it and welding in good metal as needed. Then they would restore the car by liberally swapping any needed part from a new (or very recent) 2CV. Of course, aside from the chassis every single part would come from the new car.
One then had an essentially new car bearing the legitimate serial number of an importable pre-'68 car.