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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Citroën Deux Chevaux & 1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery.

The little tradesman van is about the most ubiquitous of euro-vehicles. Kind of a euro take on the good old sedan-delivery.

Wouldn't these make a lot of sense for a lot of Americans, as an alternative to the pickup truck with cap, or the big vans? The little old Citroën Deux Chevaux is the classic of the genre, but everyone makes them, and they are everywhere. Efficient and nimble: a good idea for urban America, anyhow?

Throw in some glass, a door, and rear bench seat, and you've got a station wagon. These are popular as well.

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