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Updates from Argentina
Friday, 10 November 2006
The insight on a Citroen 2CV from a passionate collector in Argentina
Topic: Rally Classic Car Tour
The insight on a Citroen 2CV passionate collector by Flor Rodriguez and Bob Frassinetti


Ruben lives in the Western province of Mendoza at the bottom of the Andes Mountains; just 20 km away from Mendoza Capital city. He lives in a small town that looks pretty much like the French countryside. Ruben is a family man who has a strong and interesting passion, his Citroen 2CV.

We know for a fact that Citroen and more precisely its 2CV models were milestones in Argentina's auto history, in projection with the role these vehicles have played around the world.

Ruben's story is just one of the many passionate stories we have found regarding the strong impact 2CV's have had on Argentines. We chatted with him this morning to know a bit more about his personal story with 2CVs, what they mean to him and a bit more.


Link to Photo Album Citroen 2CV Argentina

Ruben bought his 2CV 10 years ago in Mendoza. He bought it from a man who had it for over 20 years and kept the vehicle in superb conditions. His Citroen 2cv was made back in 1964 in Argentina. It has a 14 hp, 425 cc engine with centrifugal engage clutch, Michelin pneumatics, original tapestry, users' manual, radiator tent as well as the original fabric roof top in blue. The model was known as the 2CV de luxe due to some sophisticated details such as the third window, chromed hubs and bumpers as well as side and front moldings.

He also has some of what we call the collectors treats: original purchase invoice from 1964.



Ruben tells us he has always been passionate about the brand, that he has

had 2CVs since he had the possibility of earning his own money.

When we asked what the single most important thing was, he pointed out that

the first thing that caught his eye was Citroen's history, the way it

evolved since the 30s onwards. He recovers the anecdotes we reproduced in

our article, since it was amazing the way the vehicle was first received as

an unappealing car for the countryside and then it became a world trademark.

Ruben is the first one in his family to have a Citroen, but he's sure he won't

be the last one, especially because he has passed on his passion for 2CV's

to his youngest son, Facundo.

When Citroen returned to Argentina during the 90s they opened an agency in

Mendoza, and for the opening days Ruben contacted them directly offering

them his own original 2CV to showcase on the opening day. However, the

company representatives told him that they were trying to detach from the

2CV image, working on a transition into slimmer lines and modern vehicles.

Ruben was overwhelmed and upset. He inquires why on earth a firm that has

developed such a trademark vehicle would disregard its history! He does not

share the new winds blowing under Citroen wings'.

While there are frequent Citroen rallies, the only one he participated of

was the 2004 Mendoza Citroen Reunion. Citroen fans from around the globe

came to Argentina, mainly from the South American region, because the

shipping costs to transfer back and forth a vehicle are indeed high. However

he recalls upon a German collector who had a 2 engine Sahara model, who

traveled half around the planet to take part of the show.

Our conversation went on and on, talking about the ins and outs of 2CVs and

their history in Argentina. And at one point of the conversation, he tells

us that he had written an ode, a poem to his own vehicle. Ruben was kind

enough to share it with us, and we transcript it as follows. the Ode is in

Spanish, and we have put our best effort to translate it without loosing its

intrinsic music.





Por la francesa llanura

Through the French countryside

Se ve la corva figura We

see its curveted figure

de un 2CV avanzar It's

that of the 2CV

Su rumoroso motor With

its roaming motor

2 cilindros bien opuestos 2

cylinders facing eachother

Una lona como techo Fabric


y doble piso el baúl and a

double floor on the trunck

Levanto mi vista, y veo I lift

my eyes and see

En un cielo muy azul A very

blue sky

Su exquisita y rica historia As I

recall its

Que viene a mi memoria exquisite

and rich history

y se las paso a contar Which

I decide to share now

Se gestó a fines del 30 It was

conceived during the 30s

Vio la luz en los 40

Created during the 40s

Se expandió en los 50 It

expanded during the 50s

Fue hippie en los 60 Turned

hippie in the 60s

Intelectual en los 70

Intellectual during the 70s

Ciudadano del mundo en los 80 World's

citizen by the 80s

Y cuando dejó de salir en los 90 al principio, And when it was off

production, during

the early 90s,

Su fama ya era un mito Its

world fame turned it into a myth

por toda la humanidad for all


A la que supo entregar To

which it provided

con su techito entreabierto With its

briefly opened roof

aunque sea por un momento even only

for a little while

el viento de la libertad the

winds of freedom

Por la francesa llanura

Through the French countryside

Se ve la corva figura We

see its curveted figure

de un 2cv avanzar It's

that of the 2CV





As soon as he finishes his recital, he says: "As I said the words, I feel I'm

a crazy lover of the Modern creations, just like Cervantes did with


No extra words are needed to portray this man's affection and passion for

his own car, its history and historical cultural meaning. A passion that

finds its way through poetry to reach other collector's hearts.


For more information on our Car Rally Tours or just visiting Buenos Aires and if you are interested in buying Art or Antiques, and you are thinking of travelling to Argentina please feel free to email us…….. Please feel free to contact Flor Rodriquez by emailing her: Email: Flor Rodriguez. or Bob Frassinetti: For more information: Email: Bob Frassinetti. Press here to see all topics on Art, Antiques and Travel Information for Buenos Aires & Argentina:Daily Updates on Art, Antiques, Collectibles as well as travel information for Buenos Aires, Argentina. Phone me thru Skype, ID: Bob Frassinetti or you can also chat with me thru Yahoo, press here:

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Posted by bob frassinetti at 3:45 PM
Updated: Friday, 10 November 2006 4:37 PM

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