Citroën 2CV Charleston

An iconic car, recreated for the first time in Lego Studless Design, features engine, gearbox, floor suspensions, removable bodywork, seats and bench and adjustable headlight. With lovely Red/black scheme color !

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An iconic car, recreated in LEGO Technic Design. Features fake twin-cylinder engine with working front transmission, 4-speed gearbox with lever on the dashboard, steering with steering wheel and Hand of God, independent suspensions with underneath shock absorbers, removable bodywork and seats, adjustable headlight. Available in color variations.

First of all : I invit you to read the wikipedia Article about the 2CV, It is well written and very instructive.

Building a replica of a 2CV was an aim for a Loooooonnng time ! As a french lover of old french cars, the 2CV was an obvious choice for lego creations, with Renault 4L, Facel Vega, Citroen DS id and so on. I have started this project 3 years ago, by building and re-building the frame and trying to build the bodywork. I have always failed to create the particular shape. And, one day, I came up with more solutions, more ideas and then I have tried, an re-tried and finally, the first 2Cv in lego studless was born.


I have started to build the bodywork, it was the most difficult part to obtain, because of this particular shape, mixing angular and smooth surfaces. I have chosen the Charleston Color Scheme because I had not enough material to make the 2CV in one color : red or black. Of course, on real car, the Red is a Dark Red color, but not available in lego studless.


Since the beginning of the project, I wanted to make the frame of the 2cv as faithful as possible to the real car, including the trailing arms, suspensions in the floor, engine and gearbox with lever in the interior, removable seats and rear bench. Therefore, the engine with the gearbox are mounted on the front with the lever which is placed in the interior and moves in the same way as on the real car.

The suspensions use trailing arm with caster angle on the front and connecting rod for putting action on the shock absorbers located in the floor. I have placed also a shock absorbers directly on the trailing arms, with help to support the weight. The other modification I have made is to put a connecting rod between the two front trailing arms in order to prevent excessive camber angle. Concerning the steering, of course the steering wheel works and there is a HOG with tripod quick coupling for the removable bodywork.


The coupling between front and rear suspensions from the same side is functional thanks to a rubber band which connects the two suspensions on the same side. When the front suspensions is moved, it moves the shock absorbers which then pulls on the rubber band. The rubber band being connected to the rear suspension, the rear suspensions is stiffen.


Then, I have built the rest of the car including interior and adjustable headlights. The headlights are located on the bodywork, and when the bodywork is assembled with the frame, the 8-tooth gear placed on the headlight axle comes on the worm screw placed in the chassis. Then, it is possible to adjust from the interior. The seats and rear bench are easily removable because there are fixed only by friction axle in connector as shown on the picture.

Concerning the bodywork, I have built in one part, in order to remove from the chassis easily that is why the bodywork includes inside some strong lining. Of course, everything can be opened, including bonnet, doors and spring lock trunk.


Here is the video :

Specs : Wheel : Ø82mm, Car : 50cm (L) x 20cm (W) x 22cm (H), Scale 1/7.5

BONUS : two pictures of the BrickExpo Exhibition where the 2CV was presented for the first time :


Purchasing the creations or the instructions

You can purchase either the whole creation on the website Buidlamoc, or just the building instructions. Regarding the building instructions, you can download one version as a photo sequence for free or buying a other which looks more professional with rendering step by step instructions with bill of material at each step.




Want to buy this creation ? The Citroen 2Cv Charleston has been indexed to Buildamoc and is for sale . The whole package included all the genuine Lego parts  and the Pro rendering PDF building instructions.


The price is quite expensive but there are 2424 parts, with lot of rare parts including the wheels, flex axle, connector and there are included in the price the PDF 195 pages detailed building instructions.

Concerning the building instructions, I have took picture during the taken apart, but Thorsten Spelz has made the building instructions for my Citroen 2Cv after !

Therefore I can propose you a free instruction as a photo sequence, and a for sale one with digital rendering building instructions.

Digital Rendering Building Instructions

Bill Of Material :

Want to check before if you can build the Citroen 2Cv Charleston  ? The Citroen 2Cv Charleston  has been indexed to, the website which matchs your parts with mocs !

You can buy the instructions with the following button for 10€. You can also buy other building instructions and get an automated discount. You will get 15% off for 2 PDF, and 20% off for 3 PDF on the total), available for all the instructions for sale on

See it on the shop :

An iconic car, recreated in LEGO Technic Design. Features fake twin-cylinder engine with working front transmission, 4-speed gearbox with lever on the dashboard, steering with steering wheel and Hand of God, independent suspensions with underneath shock absorbers, removable bodywork and seats, adjustable headlight. Available in color variations.

After your payment, you will be redirected to a page for downloading your instructions, and will receive also the link to download by email. Please check the spam box and be patient to receive it. If you have trouble to download your copy of the PDF after payment or open the document, do not make a paypal dispute, please contact me using the contact form. The link to download the instructions expires within 24h. Contact me if you have lost your instructions. Note that you can print it, but not copy or distribute. Thank you for supporting my work 🙂

Here is some preview of the building instructions :

Instructions correction

Please download this document and follow it when you build the model. There are minor changes which correct errors in the instructions from people who build the model. Do not take into consideration the bill of material at the end of the instructions. The only one up to date is the rebrickable one.

Citroen_2cv_instructions_corrections_v1 (PDF / 500ko)

The Photo Sequence Instructions

The required part for this free photo sequence instructions may be different from the for sale one which is an enhanced version. There are not bill of material for this free version.

Part 1 : the Frame

Part 2 : the bodywork


(37) Comments

    […] fallible, and sometimes forget just how good some of these builders are. Then I see something like this Citroën 2CV made of studless Legos and it’s like getting slapped in the face with a bag of clanky, pointy […]


    First of all, it’s a very nice and beautifull model! Good work.
    I made it myself, and discovered a problem with the steering and
    front suspention. Acctually, i think the front axles are too long.
    When you put the front down, the wheels are getting a very strange stand.
    Do you know the problem, or more important do you have an solution?

    Greeting from holland


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    Bonjour j aimerai acheter le kit complet 2 ch + instruction de montage ,est ce possible ? Si oui comment procéder et qu’elle est l ordre de prix ,merci cordialement

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    Hello, if the bill of material is not completed on the zip instructions, the rebrickable bill is ! Bye.

    Hallo Nico!! Your 2cv is incredibile! I would like to build my one with your instructions .. i ve looked the Bill of material but it seems not to contain the whole 2200 piecies.. for exemple the wheels aren t in the Bill.. is there a complete list? Thank you very much for creating such a great reproduction ofnone of the most beutiful Cars ever built!

    Hi, this Citroën 2CV is wonderfull! I’ve built the 1st part now, later the 2nd part.
    But would you perhaps consider tyo built/create a 2nd part as DS for this chassis?
    Perhaps, it would fit as well, would be great.
    Keep on creating!

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    J’avoue ! Merci pour la précision, je vais revoir l’inventaire et modifier sur Rebrickable 🙂

    Bonjour et merci pour ce magnifique travail.

    Une remarque, en comparant le BOM du PNG et le BOM dans les instructions en PDF, je trouve que dans le PNG il manque des pièces et d’ailleurs de même dans l’inventaire

    Par ex.:

    4185×11 et non x9
    les flexible axles red ne sont pas dans le PNG / rebrickable.

    Je souhaite essayer de faire ce MOC, donc j’au découvert ces manques.


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    I am a fan of 2CV.

    Do you sell it and at what price ?

    Thank you in advance for your reply.


    Jean-Philippe CHARLES


    superbe, comme d’habitude… mais nous sommes tous unanimes.
    juste pour te dire que j’ai refait le chassis mais je vais y coller une caisse de méhari, enfin, je vais essayer.

    Hello Nico71,

    Thank you for sharing this great 2 CV project.

    As mentioned below, I also try to rebuild this iconic car thru your pictures.

    You also gave me some new and great ideas to finish my Porsche 356 body, many thanks (just for 2 years in progress).

    With kind regards,

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    Hello NIco,

    Great car and i want to build it myself.
    Do you have a partslist ?

    Greetings from Holland.

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    There are building instructions at the end of the post, I know that this is not veru freiendly user but It is enough to rebuild it. Regards.

    This is the first and only Technic thing that I’d love to own! It’s absolutley fantastic! As an owner of a real “duck”, I’m sitting here with with a grin on my face like a kid on christmas eve.

    My dad is a huge fan of Citroën. Do you have an step to step tutorial? So if yes, can you publish it or e-mail it to me ? 🙂


    Nicolas, you build a great model. Well done! you could consider uploading your pictures to Lego Cuusoo. If you reach 10.000 supporters Lego will consider to make the 2CV a cuusoo set. For more info:

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    Hello, thanks for the comment. Concerning the Bill of Material, I am afraid not, I have dismantled the vehicle so any chance for getting the bill.

    hello nico,

    this is the greatest model ever!! congratulation for this realistic 2cv!

    my honest respect for your Solutions on all tecnical functions of this historic car.

    greatings from vienna, Rich

    What a excellent model of own of this classic Citroën cars.
    Back in the day when I was young, both my mother and oldest brother owned a `Duck`. I´ve such fond momories of this car and all the adventures we had with it!

    Thanks for sharing the Building/Disassembly pictures.
    Is there any chance for a bill of materials?

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