Four nights ago I was in Minneapolis, MN. Three nights ago I was was in Murdo, SD. Two nights ago I was at home in Fort Collins, CO. Yesterday (Sunday) my daughter and I left the house at 6am and three hours later found ourselves in a snow storm atop Vail Pass on I-70 westbound. By 6pm we had pulled up to our hotel in Las Vegas and were then sweltering in 95 degree heat as we took the bags out of the trunk. And tonight we will be in Santa Monica, CA. However, while I was surprised by the snow storm two days into summer I was even more surprised at what I saw as we pulled into the parking garage in Las Vegas…
Yes, that is a pristine Citroen 2CV Fourgonette much like the last one I saw in Ireland a few years back. I caught this out of the corner of my eye as I was looking for a parking spot and just immediately pulled over, put the hazards on and hopped out with my phone while my daughter was in the car flabbergasted at what was happening. I don’t think I can envision a car that I would have expected even less to see here.
That appears to be a current series French license plate, the matching one is on the front. Obviously someone brought the car over here, either pre-restored or did the work themselves afterward, but why it would be in a hotel parking garage in Las Vegas is beyond me. I can’t think of many vehicles I’d less like to drive to Las Vegas via the various desert freeways with high speed limits that surround it (although I would love to drive one of these in general, don’t get me wrong, just not in 95 degree heat with 80-90mph traffic all around me). But I’m glad someone apparently did, although perhaps on some of the other less speedy and not nearly as heavily used highway options.
I’ve seen pictures of a couple of others without the engine side panels but am not sure if that was normal or not for some years. Or is that merely for better engine ventilation/cooling? The paintwork was well done in a great (and very appropriate) shade of gray.
Sadly my interior pictures did not come out at all, but it was as immaculate as the exterior. Sandwiched between a Mitsubishi and a Ford the little 2CV is the only one that seemed to have enough space in the tiny parking spots, but it looked a little lonely all tucked in for the evening around a bunch of brash rental cars. Still, it was packing enough personality to fill the whole floor up all by itself. It certainly brightened my mood after a long day on the road, at least enough to share this right after we got into the room. Vive le 2CV!