1967 Hoffman Citroën 2CV - Jay Leno's Garage

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Jay Leno's Garage

3 ай мурун

This Citroen Deux Chevaux had its body modified by Wolfgang Hoffman and formerly belonged to an Ambassador to the United Nations.
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1967 Hoffman Citroën 2CV - Jay Leno's Garage

Jay Leno's Garage
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Patrick Griffin
Patrick Griffin Күн мурун
I've seen this type of car before I happen to kind of like it kind of curious how old would do on a rough road that is a crazy suspension
Mike Avison
Mike Avison 2 күн мурун
Great videos Jay, thanks. I had a bog standard 2CV and as you say the engineering is quirky but highly functional. Can I offer a few notes? The suspension you mentioned is unusual because one (horizontal) spring does both wheels, a rod from each end of the spring connects the front and back swinging arm suspension component. The electrics use the same theme, one coil does both cylinders without a distributer. The coil is wired between the 2 spark plugs so it pulls electrons out of one cylinder head, through the spark plug, through the coil then pushes them through the other spark plug into the other cylinder head. So both plugs spark on each each cycle (it's redundant on the exhaust cycle). Taking the car apart requires minimal tools. For instance, the single wheel brace takes wheels off and also the front fenders (3 large nuts). The bonnet (hood) hinge is just made of a interlocking folded metal edges so to remove the bonnet you just slide it sideways, no tools required! Lovely practical car!
Lee Hopkinson
Lee Hopkinson 3 күн мурун
Thanks jay. Great vids. Don’t change the format. 👍
TRLWNC1 3 күн мурун
A true FEB.
Norman Munns
Norman Munns 3 күн мурун
what a pretty little car
Campo El Puma Campo El Puma
Campo El Puma Campo El Puma 4 күн мурун
Saludos de Argentina jay gran programa en argentina se hacían los Citroen 3cv que eran un poco más potentes y cómodos
goonymiami 6 күн мурун
Man... my mom had one. I have a few memories of riding in it as a kid. She replaced it with damn Fiat Uno! A few years later the 2CV became trendy again and I wished we didn't let it go.
themroc 15 күн мурун
7:30 "You' ve got a very optimistic 120kph [speedometer] [...] About 72mph is all you get out of this" 72mph : 116 kph So the 2cv wasn't lying.
Grymbathym 18 күн мурун
This would do a perfect hot rod
Rayane Haddad
Rayane Haddad 22 күн мурун
Just another simple and sturdy designed car, perfect
Carlo Duroni
Carlo Duroni 26 күн мурун
This 2CV maybe is a '67 but Hoffman sold its transformation kit starting from 1988, so this car is a mix-and-match between an old '67 and a very late Eighties 2CV. The 120km/h speedometer could be not so optimistic. If this car ha an updated Eighties engine, it'll reach a 110km/h max speed.
Carlo Duroni
Carlo Duroni 26 күн мурун
The 2CV (as like its derivatives like the Ami and the Dyane) did not have a real heater. But they had a clever and cheap alternative: a duct on each side takes the air from the front and makes it pass close to the exhaust manifold before having it heated before going into the car. You can't get extreme heating but the plus sides are that you don't get any foul odour usually coming from old style water-to-air exchangers, it's faster to heat and it doesn't rob the engine from needed heat in the cold climate.
fleetwoodray Ай мурун
The mice from the Hoffman Citroen must have taken a train to Chicago, voted "rattiest city" for past 5 yrs.
trk aymlk
trk aymlk Ай мурун
Seeing that a 2cv is a very bad build quality and an unsafe car, I think the Trabant has been very unfair. A Trabant is the best among other affordable utility vehicles. This car was blackened as it was built in a communist state. The idiots blame it in ignorance, but it is one of the most important cars.
Yuri Lakhtionov
Yuri Lakhtionov Ай мурун
You need to get Niva to your collection , Jay...
Mike Sierra
Mike Sierra Ай мурун
Hi, Jay! Great as always, best channel about old French cars... Watch this one, French mechanical humor: kgglobal.info/phone/h5amo6-xqZvSiqg/video.html
Teemoos Ай мурун
Jay: Its not intuitive. Its French Jay. 😂
Mark Caneer
Mark Caneer Ай мурун
Thank You for sharing your knowledge and your toys. Very entertaining, keep up the good work!
Max S.
Max S. Ай мурун
There's a company in the Netherlands nowadays who make a little roadster out of 2CVs. They use little more than the baseplate and drivetrain.
Max S.
Max S. Ай мурун
The pitch was "the farmer's wife can drive to church on sunday and the farmer to the market with a basket of eggs on a dirt road without them breaking on monday" Early concept had 1 headlight.
Max S.
Max S. Ай мурун
Hoffmann actually also made Beetle speedsters, Beetle delivery vans and is still a big name in period correct performance tuning.
Sebastian Barthel
Sebastian Barthel Ай мурун
True story...a requirement to the constructors for the suspension was: a farmer with a basket full of eggs, driving over bumpy field roads to the market to sale them, must arrive without any broken egg!
ZEMM Ай мурун
These cars should be sold with built-in cats, the best way to get rid of mice.
Vincenzo Paparella
Vincenzo Paparella Ай мурун
It’s very enojoyable!
Gerk8 Ай мурун
Thank you Jay! That little car is indeed a smile creating machine.
Michel Herbin
Michel Herbin Ай мурун
Jolie !!!
drawing lab
drawing lab Ай мурун
leno is a really nice guy..and passionate, he makes you love cars , hello from France
picsoux jéjé
picsoux jéjé Ай мурун
Pourquoi elle est coupe comme ca 😠
pat olt
pat olt Ай мурун
Thanks for this pleasant report on this fantastic car. The 2CV was cheap and indestructible, really. There are still 2CV clubs in Europe, especially in the Netherlands where there are a lot of fans. Let me tell you a fun fact: some 20 years ago (I'm an old man now ...) I had sold a car a little too early while the next one was not yet available, so I had a problem. To fill the gap I bought a used 2CV (about 15 years old) and I paid 6000 FF (about 900€ today) for it (I'm French). I used it about 6 months, until I got my new car and then I went to a garage, specialized in 2CV, to see if they could come with a reasonable offer. They told me: well, we can sell it 12,000 FF and our commission will be 3000 FF. Not cheap but I accepted. Within 1 month the car was sold as foreseen and I got 9000 FF so that I made a profit of 3000 FF! It's the only used car I ever had whose price increased by 50% in 6 months! But it was a 2CV ... - By the way, 2CV has nothing to do with 2 cylinders: it's the abbreviation for "2 chevaux" which means "2 Horses" (understood 2HP) in reference to a tax which was depending on the size of the car, the power, etc ... Obviously it was not the actual power of the engine, but a "fiscal power" to calculate the tax. In fact the car was named after its tax level : 2HP, in French 2CV (the minimum). As an example the DS 21 (Citroën) was rated "9 CV" while the engine produced 109HP SAE. - Regarding the rumors you mentioned about the basket of eggs: that's true, it was really part of the car specifications and it became a selling point later on. - You didn't mentioned the ashtray this time: there is one in the 2CV (I'm kidding) - The French just think differently ... Well it's fun and friendly and I wish it were true but I think Citroën was definitely thinking differently, not the French (although ...) Best Regards
monofavoriten Ай мурун
i wish you still had that Peugeot 404 you mentioned! when i stumbled across your grandious channel i scrolled through the videos hoping to find one about this beautiful Pininfarina pencil and paper design. i drive a 65 404 super luxe and its just absolutely incredible! super comfy seats, great engine and superb visability.
Paul Beebe
Paul Beebe 2 ай мурун
The 2CV- The Steel Camel. Very exotic. I loved seeing those all over Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt...
تونسي حرّ tounsi horr
تونسي حرّ tounsi horr 2 ай мурун
Deja Voodoo
Deja Voodoo 2 ай мурун
Citreon was a class act during WW1 because he tried to take care of his female factory workers when the troops came home after the war.
Tao of love passion and comedy
Tao of love passion and comedy 2 ай мурун
What a brillliant car that shows cars are indeed to elaborate and too expensive all for status.
Peter Eget
Peter Eget 2 ай мурун
BTW, Jay: That's probably not a cylinder head temp gauge. More likely: An oil temp gauge. You can see the sensor at 10:00 in the video.
Peter Eget
Peter Eget 2 ай мурун
Grandpa's putting his fingers in front of the lense again. I love these pandemic videos, there is really no need to have an entire crew doing them. This is perfect. :-D
duncan amos
duncan amos 2 ай мурун
I had a 2CV for several years. The most relaxing car to drive that I've ever owned...
Fred Flintstone
Fred Flintstone 2 ай мурун
I think you found aunt Beverly.
Thiago Francez
Thiago Francez 2 ай мурун
Chuck La Chancé
Chuck La Chancé 2 ай мурун
I love Citroens.
Scott Gitlin
Scott Gitlin 2 ай мурун
An engine that purrs. I think I remember seeing these with wicker seats? Big smile here throughout the presentation but . . . when will you show a modified Yugo?
andré Mouss
andré Mouss 2 ай мурун
You're a nice man, Jay. It brings me heartful memories watching these videos, especially the Traction avant and the 2CV. I Have 5 sisters and brothers, so my dad bought a Traction 11 "familiale", with room for the maximum 9 people allowed to the standard driving license drivers at these times ('60 and '70s) in France. We all have a lot of memories with this car. Also, I happened to drive a Mehari - the buggy version of the 2CV - in a military camp during my time. With it I managed to pass through obsacles that I could not cross with a Jeep, and which even gave some of the tank drivers headaches. Will you some day acquire one of these cars and issue a video ? Greetings from France, and keep up the good work.
Karl-Heinz Tack
Karl-Heinz Tack 2 ай мурун
... note it is a mechanical version of interconnected suspension - later hydraulics.
Rust and Grime
Rust and Grime 2 ай мурун
If you feel 2cv is a smart contraption, look for the Mehari, almost same rolling chassis and mechanics, but with ABS plastic body on top
ruipx 2 ай мурун
My neighbour, in the 80's, was a medic. He could afford a better car but, he loved his 2CV. I remember him entering my neighbourhood soo fast that, one of the wheels, was in the air. Eventualy he got older and bought more expensive cars, like, Audi A6, BMW 5 series and others. Once i talked to him about his 2 CV and his response was... "It's the coolest car I still have on my garage".
daniel wiley
daniel wiley 2 ай мурун
The pandemic is caused by the politicians not the virusfurthermore if it was the virus I would rather live for 65 years than exists for 85 years
demonic477 2 ай мурун
the 2 CV 4 × 4 Sahara was made from 1958 tell 1971 they only made 694 of them all most all of them were used by the swiss postal service now there highly collectable because there so rare .
chris bouyer
chris bouyer 2 ай мурун
different parts from different eras , like the steering wheel is from the 80's.Same for Bumpers
mechtrician1 2 ай мурун
These are great. Just keep doing the simple pandemic editions, it doesn't need to be a whole production. Reminds me of when you just had your website way back when.
jay kay
jay kay 2 ай мурун
... so where did the mice go.... they always end up somewhere :( ! angry neighbors?
Bradley Greenwood
Bradley Greenwood 2 ай мурун
Jay... YOU and the car are treasures. No posing, etc. you are what you are. AND many times, you are US.
King Earl
King Earl 2 ай мурун
In Europe nobody ever did see Jay Leno on TV, but he is well known and respected as youtube-star. No snob, no Idiot like Jeremy Clarkson. Great Man!
Raymond Mendoza
Raymond Mendoza 2 ай мурун
Jay throwing down the Omega Man vibe at the start.
jcherw 2 ай мурун
12 hp originally
Jubalito G
Jubalito G 2 ай мурун
Unbeknownst to me at the time, that ambassador (Janis Priedkalns) drove that to my wedding in Moose Wyoming in August 2002. He and his brother Juris and their lovely ladies were in attendance. Very special people. Glad to see it restored to its former glory. Good on you Mr. Leno and the Priedkalns family!
Soussmeboules 2 ай мурун
The 2CV is better than most cars offroad and on snow. It can drive almost everywhere, slowly but everywhere. A 2CV Charleston (Black and Burgundy) was my wedding car. I love it.
Robert Jones
Robert Jones 2 ай мурун
Great episode! In many ways it’s better to just have you, Jay, explain and enjoy a ride in a not-so busy road.
oldies geek
oldies geek 2 ай мурун
The first time I saw a Citroën was in American Grafitti.
Scott Maytham
Scott Maytham 2 ай мурун
Pint of Whisky First ,Kind of Car
Scott Maytham
Scott Maytham 2 ай мурун
This Mexican Women Would Deliver Us Manudo and warm tortillas early Saturday morning. The amazing.. thing was how she got their with out spilling any .
Scott Maytham
Scott Maytham 2 ай мурун
What does that tell you Walt.Mickie's Favorite Place to P
Scott Maytham
Scott Maytham 2 ай мурун
Looks a earliest VW bug Got Stuck In a Vise
Scott Maytham
Scott Maytham 2 ай мурун
My first look ,Thinking Not Safe to Drive. Wheel Position
Steve The Ford Guy
Steve The Ford Guy 2 ай мурун
Hey what a great little parts runner and it seems to have enough power to get up to speed just fine. California weather is perfect for a full-time convertible, whats not to like. I do believe the suspension is like nothing, I have ever seen in my life. Thanks Jay for showing it to us.
Dai Neal
Dai Neal 2 ай мурун
I had a Charleston in this colour, great car.. cheap to run, soft top, easy to fix, and is a great off roader as they were light weight and have great suspension. Touring through Belgium was a gas in one. The Charleston has enough room in the back for a drum kit and then some... it is perhaps the perfect car.
easystreets70 2 ай мурун
2 cly boxer. Heater is incoming air directed to the inside. Car for students in Germany.
El Dorado
El Dorado 2 ай мурун
Part of the fun watching is trying to see the cars in he background- like this one-
Justin Case
Justin Case 2 ай мурун
It just screams Volkswagen. I thought for sure the engine would be in the back. Cool Car!
theodore Dow-man
theodore Dow-man 2 ай мурун
Citroen pioneered automobile suspension.
Fredrick Rourk
Fredrick Rourk 2 ай мурун
Give it the Belgium Racing Suspension Mod and 702cc engine mod. Surprise Honda Boys.
Matija Vrkic
Matija Vrkic 2 ай мурун
It is just not to be driven on straight long roads. Takes all the fun away. Try it on curvy narrow roads. No roller coaster like it.
Scrawltrawler 2 ай мурун
Well, this makes me smile as well. Thanks again, this series is really enjoyable and worth your time & effort.
toendramist 2 ай мурун
You need a original 2CV, and just for the fun, a Renault 4 GTL to travel around the world :-)
Michael Heinrich
Michael Heinrich 2 ай мурун
did you know? 2cv in french spells like 'deux chevaux' which means 'two horses'
Christmas Snow
Christmas Snow 2 ай мурун
I used to see lots of those 2CV when I was a kid, and I never knew before this video about the fiberglass Hoffman version.
Juanito Octavio
Juanito Octavio 2 ай мурун
Yet another entertaining and educating episode! 😎 Thank you Jay! Sweden is greatful. 👍
William Thompson
William Thompson 2 ай мурун
Jay, Do you have an original 2CV? If so, I would like to see a video on that one, too. Thanks!
Michael Kenis
Michael Kenis 2 ай мурун
the twin engined one was the Savannah, cudos to Jay for actually remembering one of Citroen's rarest cars
74Beeper 2 ай мурун
What a weird car
wendell worth
wendell worth 2 ай мурун
The original French deathtrap.
Imran Abbasi
Imran Abbasi 2 ай мурун
Grey Jay
Grey Jay 2 ай мурун
I spent a few months in Paris back in the '60's, and those 2CV's were everywhere. So were Solex motorbikes. I'd love to have an early 2CV, with the corrugated tin body panels. The delivery wagon, maybe?
Dan Didnot
Dan Didnot 2 ай мурун
I got the needle to hit 120 in one . The needle was pointing at all the other numbers as well though. Had to dodge the police in Milan and swung onto the tramlines . It was like sitting on a paint tin shaking machine. All of us crying from laughing so much 🤣
Old Guy
Old Guy 2 ай мурун
I had the Renault 4 station wagon the other french car that was a counter point to the 2cv. Both had the shifter lever in the dash and took some getting used to drive as an every day driver.
Phil Bero
Phil Bero 2 ай мурун
No reference to the McLaren F1? Jay, this pandemic really must be getting to you!
Youri Carma
Youri Carma 2 ай мурун
I was in France in the nineties and you could buy a new 2CV engine at the supermarket which were just stacked up in boxes on the floor.
Leland Podoll
Leland Podoll 2 ай мурун
The country roads in France in the late 50s weren’t really rough but they more like whoopes the soft suspension of French cars just soaked up the dips.
Corné Beerse
Corné Beerse 2 ай мурун
The transmission is not that strange, it is a 'dog-leg' transmission, as used in sports-cars too: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog-leg_gearbox
discerningmind 2 ай мурун
Jay, I love the pandemic versions, it's great to watch you being you while sharing these fun and interesting cars. The shift pattern certainly points toward the French doing things differently. That's an odd four-speed shift pattern. The shifter is odd too but it works beautifully. I understand the shocks are attached to the wheels suspensions by use of rods and cables. My OCD is on fire with that single post steering wheel being off-center. The two-cylinder engine moves that car right along.
B Davis
B Davis 2 ай мурун
Another great video, thanks Jay. One day it would be interesting if you took us on a tour of your shop.
unknown artist
unknown artist 3 ай мурун
I don't get to see the top,because Jay says it's ugly,sweet!!! No wonder DeMuro is far ahead of Leno.
B M G 3 ай мурун
Jay, the twin engine 2CV is named "Sahara" after the north african desert.
radioguy1620 3 ай мурун
Driving my 5 speed 98 Escort to work till it now has 346 ,000 on the clock, On the 130 mile round trip , I am always happy when I make it home and say a quiet thanks. and after driving it so long you learn to sense its mood , some days are better than others , just two days ago I started watching the Ultra gauge i added and it was running a bit hot 204 instead of the usual 197, so I decided to replace the thermostat, of course the first bolt broke off in the head, i figured it was the end of the car, deciding to forge ahead , another bolt broke its head off, and the third came loose ok. carefully prying off the housing the original thermostat was in pieces and could have clogged the passage off at any time on the highway getting me stuck, I very carefully using a new set of visegrips with sharp teeth gripped the stubs of bolt sticking out of the head and 1/8 turn by turn got them both loose, Happiness occurred as i realized I could fix it , i spent a few hours carefully cleaning the parts, put on a new hose too and drove it today 130 plus miles, Feeling like i just got a new car. great fun to bring one back from the brink of the junk yard. and any car that gets you home when running injured is worth a solid attempt to keep it going. Happy the old girl lives.
radioguy1620 3 ай мурун
I might add that I think some of Jay's mice found my other Escort, yes i have two and got a bit woozy and chewed thru the gas tank vent line which gave the computer fits. Maybe if Jay drops by I can show him the 98 Escort section of my driveway . Honestly what would we do without these vids.
Ostkreutz Rox
Ostkreutz Rox 3 ай мурун
I just saw one of those with a creme/bordeaux color scheme, spare tyre on the trunk and wire rims. Really looked expensive. I couldn't believe it was a 2CV
chucku00 3 ай мурун
*HubNut has joined the chat* The paint job and lights come from the 80's 2CV Charleston series, so only the chassis and engine might be from 1967. Didn't see any mention of Burton 2CV in the comments. Fine cars too...
R W 3 ай мурун
Inspector Clouseau's Silver Hornet! Thanks for honking the horn, Jay.
Danny J. Rumbles
Danny J. Rumbles 3 ай мурун
“Any car that makes me smile is good.” - Jay Leno That’s the true definition of a true “Car Guy” ladies and gentlemen.
john public
john public 3 ай мурун
As I remember reading it, they called it a 2CV (deux cheveau) because the the owner was taxed the same as owning 2 horses. I read an article, in Auto Restorer magazine I believe, about the 5CV (cinq cheveau) that was taxed at the rate of 5 horses. It was all-wheel drive, but it was two engines & two transaxles. Great video Mr Leno.
Major Spam
Major Spam 3 ай мурун
That suspension... so this is what Citroen means with Creative Technology.
Marco Roepers
Marco Roepers 3 ай мурун
In Europe the 2CV is more iconic than the VW Beetle. In the Netherlands we used to call it the Duck (Eend), sometimes ugly Duck.
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