This 1967 Hoffman Citroen 2CV In Jay Leno’s Garage Is As Cool As it is Gorgeous
There are cars out there that beg to be used as platforms. If you’ve watched Jay Leno’s Garage on YouTube, you’ll know he has plenty of weird and cool stuff that he likes to showcase in detail. This time, he’s showing us a 1967 Citroen 2CV, but not just any 2CV. This one has a custom fiberglass body and it’s a convertible.
Those of her native land pronounce her name “Déesse” – “Goddess,” in French. She was said by structural philosopher Roland Barnes to have “fallen from the sky,” a sculptural beauty that for decades defined the City of Lights every bit as much as any fountain or arch. If you were fortunate enough to live in Paris in the 1970s, the The Goddess was a deliberately artful part of your daily life. Unlike almost any car before, she was styled to cut through the air, but unlike almost every aero-designed car since, she actually looked good doing it.
Beautiful as she was, this deity of French design was much more than just a pretty face. Like Athena, whose namesake city inspired so much of France’s architecture, society and government, the Goddess combined beauty with ingenuity, and sophistication with fierce individuality. When she came to Earth in 1955, she instantly made every other car of her time seem outdated by comparison.
She’s the one, the only…Citroen DS.
Continue reading to learn more about the Citroen DS.
Let’s take a quick inventory of all the features the Citroen DS brought to the table: Self-leveling hydraulic suspension; an engine designed to slide under the car in a frontal impact; headlamps that turned with the front wheels; front-wheel drive; front disc brakes; a fiberglass roof. Not to mention futuristic styling that still manages to make modern cars look dull.
Our friends at Petrolicious recently profiled Citroen DS owner Jeff Suhy, who somehow draws an analogy between the DS and the meteoric rise of Nirvana in the early 1990s. With the release of Nevermind in 1991, the band changed the music landscape seemingly overnight. The Citroen DS had a similar effect on the auto industry.
Shortly after moving from the Midwest to California and landing a job in the music industry at A&M Records, Suhy found himself gravitating towards more esoteric things (it happens when you move to L.A.). Cars don’t get much more esoteric than old Citroens, so he bought a Citroen SM (one that incidentally belonged to Tommy Chong of Cheech and Chong). Unfortunately, the SM wasn’t in the best condition and Suhy ended up sinking a small fortune into it.
He emerged from the experience wiser and more knowledgeable of the temperamental nature of old Citroens, and after a long search, he found this well-looked-after, one-owner DS. He uses it as a daily driver and plans to keep to keep doing so for the foreseeable future.
Andy Saunders a 44 year old mechanic spent 6 months of his life in tuning an old Citroen 2CV into a cubist work of art inspired by Pablo Picasso’s Portrait of Dora Maar.
The 44 year old driver studied the painting of Picasso in great detail to figure out how he will modify his car.
The car he created is legal to drive only by daytime because it doesn’t need headlights or safety indicators.
Andy also says that the car hasn’t lost any speed during the modifications, because the car still (...)