A curious 2CV in England
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    Curious isn't the word. This is one most unusual and much loved special, driven by its owner for the enjoyment and apparently quite fun at 50 mph. It was on display at "La Vie en Bleu" at Prescott hillclimb in England two weeks ago (see also a swag of terrific French cars, at rest and in action. for photos).

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    The photos show the key elements. It has a 2CV power plant reversed like a Traction or Renault 4/16, with the differential swapped around. Then, and this is the curious bit, it has chain drives to a second transaxle further forward, inserted to allow the front drive system to be in the desired position. This second transaxle is empty but for the differential crown wheel.

    I did ask whether there were six sets of active brakes, but no. Just one active set at the front.

    Pure fun. No derogatory remarks please, as that would not be fair to the owner.

    I thought it was remarkable. It's obviously been around for years.

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    Is there no end to Humankind's creativity.

    Just love it. Who cares if it's practical or even beautiful. There's some real affection for the marque gone into creating that,
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    Quote Originally Posted by pottsy View Post
    Is there no end to Humankind's creativity.

    Just love it. Who cares if it's practical or even beautiful. There's some real affection for the marque gone into creating that,
    Couldn't have put it better myself. I forgot to comment that the owner was a lovely guy.
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    I first saw this contraption on display on the Lomax stand, during a kit car show held at Donnington circuit about 20 years ago.
    It is in that fine tradition set by Rowland Emett, whose exhibit at the Merrion Centre in Leeds in the 1980s kept both of my children entertained for quite a few hours...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puHPDjIwhkk

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken H View Post
    I first saw this contraption on display on the Lomax stand, during a kit car show held at Donnington circuit about 20 years ago.
    It is in that fine tradition set by Rowland Emett, whose exhibit at the Merrion Centre in Leeds in the 1980s kept both of my children entertained for quite a few hours...
    The chain drive to the second transaxle is just delicious, isn't it
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    That's a wonderful little film clip. I had Heath Robinson in mind too! I guess such a device might help harvesting spaghetti from awkward places. I was in Leeds two weeks ago funnily enough.

    There was a Lomax on display too. Wonderful day....
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