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320-HP Small-Block V8-Powered Citroën 2CV Can be Yours for $17,000

One of the craziest engine-swaps we’ve seen recently

Published October 9, 2017

What appears to be one of the craziest engine swaps we’ve seen recently, is up for grabs at Craigslist. Seller is looking for $17,000, though, which might prove to be too big of an obstacle for most potential buyers. Yet, Citroën 2CV in general, isn’t as cheap as you might have guessed. Extremely rare in the U.S. in the first place, specimens in mint condition warrant heavy price tags that currently sit north of $30,000 on average. Even rusty units that can only boast by being in a working order, often go for more than $5,000.

This particular 2CV was assembled in 1967. Back then, it had a 425 cc flat-2 air-cooled engine capable of making some 16 horsepower. Right now, though, it’s likely the only Citroën 2CV in the world with early 70s Chevy small-block 360 cu in V8 under its hood. Engine capable of generating around 320 horses. Yeah, that’s 20 times the original power.

But small-block mill isn’t the only upgrade on this French-built ugly duckling. It also comes with Turbo Hydra-Matic 700R4 transmission and 1988 Chevy S10 frame. And, while rear end remains S10 stock, front end has tubular upper A-arms and a rack and pinion steering. Owner has also built a full metal bar cage around the gas tank, as well as numerous small upgrades all over. At the same time, a few small details have been left unfinished.

$17,000 is generally an average price tag for freshly restored 2CVs, hence this specimen’s asking price. Owner does state that he’s willing to negotiate on it. Not only would you get a fully customized small classic car that can fly, but a Gene Winfield signature upon the dashboard as well. Automotive customizing icon has apparently praised the car at the 2014 Detroit Autorama. “Looks like it would really haul ass,” he apparently said to the owner. Whether or not that’s true, the signature is right there on the custom polished aluminum dash. And it’s definitely authentic. Owner has even caught Winfield in the act with a camera.

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Nikola Potrebić
About Nikola Potrebić

Despite driving a piece of junk, Nikola still manages to survive the harrowing experience called "A road trip in a Yugo," day in, day out. On the other hand, precious few things move him as muscle cars do. Especially those from the bygone golden era, which makes him wonder why wasn't he born a few decades earlier? Well, at least he's been given the opportunity to enjoy the likes of the Pontiak Aztek, Chrysler PT Cruiser, Fiat Multipla, and other lovely millennials, right? Come to think of it, I'll stick with my Yugo. Thank you very much.

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