Retired French cabinetmaker Michael Robillard used his decades of woodworking experience in tackling his latest masterpiece: an exact replica of a Citroen 2CV made from fruitwoods. It took Robillard six years to complete the drivable car, which is sure to turn heads!
Capturing a Classic
The Citroen 2CV isn’t just any car; it is one of the longest-produced vehicles in history. The 2CV began production in 1948 as France’s answer to Germany’s Volkswagen Beetle. At the time of the Citroen’s introduction, many farmers still relied on the horse and buggy. The inexpensive and easy-to-maintain 2CV provided remote farms easy access to their neighbors. Manufactured until 1990, the cars continue to be common sights on French roads today.
From Tree to Transportation
Robillard’s hobby of making miniature vehicles out of wood helped guide this new, large-scale project. The artist just needed to increase the scale of his work. He painstakingly carved each curve by hand and then sanded the surface to a glossy finish, mimicking the luster of the original car. The seats in the simple interior are basic, wooden benches, with a few pillows added for comfort.
A metal frame supports the wooden vehicle from below. Robillard used rubber for the wheels and metal for the door handles. The motor is an upgrade from the original, as he needed extra power to compensate for the wood’s added weight.
On the Road
Robillard is waiting for officials from the French government to inspect his 2CV. He hopes they’ll approve it for use on public roads. Soon people may see a familiar car on the streets that, up close, will seem very unfamiliar indeed.