12 November 2012
Citroen 2CV By Hermés - Classe Ouvrière Chic
What does a Bugatti Veyron and a Citroen 2CV have in common? It's certainly not BHP, 0-60 times, top speed or showroom price, but you knew that anyway.
It's a French leather goods and lifestyle accessories brand established in 1837, called Hermès.
A Deux Cheveux does seem like a slightly odd choice as a 'lifestyle accessory', especially given that it was originally designed as a lifestyle necessity, but the re-imagined interior certainly does suit it. OK, the exterior colour choice does seems a bit ouvertement chocolaté, but once you open the wafer-thin door, that cabin does look like a great place to be.
Here's Citroen's own words on the 2CV Hermès:
'The 2CV celebrates its 60th birthday during the Paris Motor Show, on 7 October 2008. To celebrate the event, Hermes has designed a made-to-measure outfit that highlights the vehicle's ever-friendly and generous forms.
The 1989 2CV 6 Spécial, repainted in brown, gains a natural leather trim on the door facings, interior rearview mirror, gear knob, §teering wheel and driver's sun visor. For an even more elegant finish, the two seats are upholstered in Hermès grey-beige cotton canvas and natural leather. As a finishing touch, the bonnet and interior trim at the rear of the vehicle also feature Hermès cotton canvas.
An exhibition celebrating the birthday of this legendary car opened at the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie in Paris on 15 April and is scheduled to run until 30 November 2008.'
The car in question, a 1989 Citroen 2CV6 Special was refitted for the 2008 Paris Motor Show. If you've seen the Hermès Bugatti Veryon you know what to expect, with swathes of that trademark hand-stitched Hermes leather everywhere, contrasting with off-white canvas facings on the front and rear seats. The Hermes treatment is worth more than the car, but as it's a 2CV, we'll all forgive the lovable tin snail for a bout of hedonistic excess on it's birthday.
After all, Aston Martin are basically performing the same trick on a Toyota iQ, a car that has only a residue of character in comparison with it's illustrious antecedent.