Citroën launched the 2CV Spot in dealers all around France on April 10th, 1976, to celebrate the 5,000,000th 2CV/2CV-based car built. The Spot was the first limited edition offered by Citroën and one of the first limited edition French cars. It was the brainchild of Serge Gevin, a young designer who would later pen the GS Basalte and the 2CV Charleston.
The 2CV Spot was finished in an orange and white two-tone paint job which proved to be very popular among its young target audience. The three-lug steel wheels were painted in the same shade of white as the body and they were adorned by chrome hubcaps similar the ones seen on certain well-equipped Dyane and Ami 8 models.
Citroën added white “Spot” stickers on both front doors to please those who found the orange paint not flashy enough. The trunk lid featured the same metal “2CV 4″ emblem that was found on the rest of the lineup.
Being based on the entry-level 2CV 4, the Spot had the 70s-only square headlights that were very controversial among Citroën enthusiasts at the time.
The orange and white theme continued on the inside, where the door panels were upholstered in two-tone cloth and the seats were done in orange. The dashboard and the steering wheel were both brown, creating a rather odd contrast with the otherwise lively interior.
The only Spot-specific accessory was an orange and white sunshade that was fitted under the car’s orange soft top.
There were no changes made under the hood and the Spot was powered by the familiar 435cc air-cooled flat-twin bolted to a four-speed manual transmission. The mill made 24 horsepower and just 20 foot-pounds of torque, giving the 2CV Spot a top speed of 102 kilometers per hour (63 miles per hour).
When it went on sale in early 1976 the 2CV Spot retailed for 13,600 francs, an increase of 248 francs over a standard 2CV 4. Citroën did not offer any options but the Spot came standard with individual front seats, a feature that 2CV 4 buyers normally had to pay extra for.
The 1,800 examples of the Spot that were built for the French market sold out almost immediately. The Spot was offered in other countries across Western Europe in late 1976 and in some markets it was based on the quicker 602cc-powered 2CV 6 model. The car’s success encouraged Citroen to launch other special editions of the 2CV such as the Charleston, the France 3 and the Dolly, just to name a few.
Regardless of which market the Spot was sold in precious few of them are left today, making them one of the most sought-after and valuable special edition 2CV.