The Citroën 2CV (deux chevaux in french, meaning literally"two steam horse") was one of the few vehicles that were introduced right after World War II and remained relevant and competitive for over 42 years.
It was produced from 1949 to 1990 by the french automaker Citroen that designed it to be an economic car, with low cost, versality, simplicity, reliability and off-road driving. Its light, easily serviceable engine, soft suspension, high clearance and a sunroof.
Between 1948 and 1990 3,872,583 2CVs were produced, plus 1,246,306 camionettes (small 2CV trucks), as well as spawning mechanically identical vehicles like the Ami, Dyane, Acadianne and the Mehari.
LJK Setright in the book "Drive On! A Social History of the Motor Car" described it as 'The most intelligent application of minimalism ever to succeed as a car.'
For a full description about the 2cv history check http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citroen_2cv ; http://www.laboheme.com/2cvhistory.html and http://www.geocities.com/MotorCity/3788/main.htm