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Citroën 2CV Bicephale

Citroën 2CV Bicephale "Cogolin" Replica- 1952

The fire and rescue service in Cogolin, France, were using a Citroën 15-6 Traction Avant as part of their fleet. One night while on patrol, Colonel Hourcastagné found the narrow mountain road blocked. Unable to turn the car around, he was forced to reverse down the road for several miles aided only by a fireman with a small flashlight to guide the way. This incident gave him the idea for the need of a robust vehicle that could be driven forwards or backwards with the same ease.  This is how the "two-headed" 2CV came to be (bicephale is loosely translated as "two-headed"). Two front sections were welded together. The two parts function independently; each with its own engine. It remained in service for 20 years with its peculiar appearance causing major distraction when passing other motorists on the road. The first paint scheme of the Bicephale "Cogolin" carried the number “60.” 


  • Manufacturer: Ansart & Teissere (coachbuilder)
  • Country of Origin: France
  • Engine: two 425cc, 2 cylinder, air-cooled, 45 hp
  • Top Speed: 40 miles per hour
  • Years of Production: 1952
  • Number Produced: 1
  • Original Cost: Funded by the General Council of the Var, France

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