Sunday, October 17, 2010

⅏Did You Know - Citroën Cogolin: The Two-Headed Car

Did You Know back in the early 1950s, there was a 2-headed car called the Citroën Cogolin which was built out of neccessity?

The fire and rescue service in Cogolin, France, used a Citroën 15-6 as part of their fleet.

One night while on patrol, Colonel Hourcastagné found the narrow mountain road blocked. Unable to turn the car around, he was forced to reverse down the road for several miles aided only by a fireman with a small flashlight to guide the way. This incident gave him the idea for the need of a robust vehicle that could be driven forwards or backwards with the same ease.

This is how the “two-headed 2CV” came to be. Two front sections were welded together. The two parts function independently; each with its own engine. It remained in service for 20 years with its peculiar appearance causing major distraction when passing other motorists on the road. The first paint scheme of the Cogolin carried the number “60.”


1 comment:

  1. Hi Kath.
    Now this one i did not know.
    The car itself altough an ugly duckling could probably pass everywhere.The "Deux Cheveaux" meaning "Two horses" because it only had a two horse engine power was widely represented in France and Belgium,many young hippies used it .It was designed to move the French peasantry on from horses and carts.


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