The Citroën 2CV was largely kept afloat by a wide array of limited-edition models during the last decade of its life. This enabled Citroën to make a strong business case for the car even though it was obsolete by most means of measurement.
One of the most popular limited editions was the Dolly, which was unveiled in March of 1985 and limited to 3,000 examples. The Dolly was nearly identical to the regular 6 Spéciale on which it was based but it came with a model-specific two-tone paint job that consisted of all four fenders, the trunk lid and a decorative band just below the belt line finished in one color, and the rest in another to provide a retro-styled look.
Three combinations were initially offered: Red and gray (Rouge Vallelunga, a color often seen on the Peugeot 205 GTI, and Gris Cormoran), white and gray (Blanc Meije, popular on the 2CV 6 Spéciale, and Gris Cormoran) and gray and yellow (Gris Cormoran and Jaune Rialto).
Like most other 2CV-based special editions the Dolly sold out quickly, and Citroën released a second batch of 2,000 cars in October of 1985. To differentiate those cars from the early ones, Citroën offered Red and white (Rouge Vallelunga and Blanc Meije), white and green (Blanc Meije and Vert Bambou) and red and yellow (Rouge Delage and Jaune Rialto).
A third and final batch of Dolly models was launched in April of 1986. The red and white and red and yellow motifs stuck around, but the rather odd green and white was replaced by blue and yellow (Bleu Nuit and Jaune Rialto).
Regardless of build date, all versions of the Dolly wore chromed hubcaps similar to the ones found on the Dyane, Dolly emblems below the passenger side of the windshield and extra trim on the rain gutters.
Inside, cars built in 1985 came with separate front seats upholstered with a fabric that was similar to the one found on the Charleston. Cars built in 1986 also had two seats up front but the upholstery was a little different. A dome light and a passenger sun visor both came standard.
Citroën made no changes under the hood and the Dolly was powered by the same 602cc air-cooled flat-twin that was found under the hood of the 6 Spéciale. Linked to a four-speed manual transmission, the mill made 29 horsepower and 28 lb-ft. of torque. It propelled the car from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in about 33 seconds and on to a top speed of roughly 71 mph (115 km/h).
The Dolly was offered in France and in several other countries throughout Europe, including the United Kingdom. Period advertisements for the British market indicate that the Dolly retailed for £3,149 in 1986
With less than 10,000 examples built, the Dolly is particularly sought after today and consequently more valuable than a regular-production 2CV from the same era. Buyer beware: Since the Dolly-specific changes are mostly aesthetic, there are many fake examples going around.
We will update this article with more photos once we get them from Citroën.