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 !
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 :
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 Builamoc, 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 at 649€ . 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 :
You can buy the instructions with the following button for 10€.
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 :
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. Tne only one up to date is the rebrickable one.
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