Parked in front of the 1959 Series II Land Rover that I featured recently was this tatty survivor of a Citroen Dyane.
The Dyane can be thought of as a somewhat modernised and slightly roomier 2CV. Despite its ambition, the Dyane never outsold the 2CV it was sold alongside, and was actually retired long before its more traditional sibling.
2CVs and Dyanes are pretty fascinating little cars from a technical standpoint, with their curious suspension arrangement and characterful air-cooled twin cylinder engines. TopGear put together a great article explaining the quirks in more detail.
This particular car, YEU 790V, was first registered in 1979 and its 5-digit odometer has fully turned over at least once in its life.
I love how the faded blue paintwork seems to have been eaten away by a leaking fuel filler at the rear wing. Look closely at the rear doors and you’ll notice they’re held shut with a padlock and clasp from a hardware store.
Every panel or piece of glass has its own ecosystem, there’s no radiator grille and what appears to be a piece of string holding the bonnet closed. The canvas roll-back sunroof is kept watertight with copious amounts of duct tape.
Inside, there’s yet more tape on the single spoke steering wheel and what appears to be a large animal cage taking up most of the spartan interior.
This car is still in regular use and can often be seen battling traffic in North Bristol.
|Registration Number:||YEU 790V|
|First registered (UK):||3rd August 1979|