1987 Citroen 2CV ‘Dolly’

Jim and Kim Southwood

1987 2CV ‘Dolly’ Jim picked up ‘Dolly’ a few years ago when he was in England.  He told me that Kim phodolly1ned him wondering who Dolly was. When Jim returned to Australia ‘Dolly’ was put on a boat leaving from Southampton, For Australia. At the recent 30th Anniversary rally at Gladstone, the two cars made a ‘his and hers’ Entrance,

The couple wore beret’s and to finish the total accessories look Kim carried a French Poodle “Truffles” The name “Truffles” duly appeared on the rally form as Navigator.dolly-2..

1971 Citroen D Special

Citroen 2CV

2cv   Owned by  Ray Hobbs Gladstone

After World war II  Citroen Introduced the 2CV .  To me it always looked like an economy version Of the VW bug.  If you ever get a chance to take a good look at one, I think it is a highly ingenious car  an almost perfect version of the ‘KISS’  principle (keep it simple stupid)  This little car sold faster than Citroen was building them, and at one time had a five year waiting list if you wished to own a new one. . By 1950 production increased  to close to 500 cars a day.   This is another of the great fun cars .

I took this photo at the Calliope Market, Outside the Clyde Hotel, Home of The Gladstone Vintage and Classic car Club.  I had to get another member to help shoo ‘lookers’ away to get a clear photo. . There are not a lot of this model in Australia and it proved to be a very popular car on display.

1923 Citroen 5CV

Owned by Frank and Beryl Smith



  On August 4, 1925, a car similar to this club car set of on a journey that would record it as the first car to travel around Australia.

Frank and Beryl Smith are not intending to make the trip in “Lemondrop” but the historical value of this model was enough incentive to undertake the restoration

Restoring a Vintage car can be a slow process. Research, travelling in search of the elusive parts, then even more research to find out if the parts found are genuine.


It can be a long drawn out journey, not for the impatient, and when all is found the old parts will need tender care for mostly the will be old, rusty and tired.

1988 Kingaroy

A good chassis, springs, a front axle, motor and radiator. This motor had been used to drive a saw bench and a connecting rod had penetrated the bottom of the motor

1987 Rockhampton

A broken chassis, Springs and a few body parts. Body parts were used as patterns. No original tin exists on the car except the bonnet.

1988 Brisbane

A good gearbox was found in use driving a factory shaft

1988 Bororencit3

A motor and gearbox that had been used in a boat and had one missing connecting rod. This motor was good for parts, but the top side of the motor was rusted out, which teamed up well with the Kingaroy motor to make a good one. The pistons were from a Morris Minor.

199cit50 Brisbane

Magneto, wheels, bonnet, brake levers, an original jack, starter motor and spotlights.

1991 Brisbane

Pedestal for the pan. Brake levers and the radiator cap

Restoring the Citroen
Frank says
It all started after finding a right-hand mudguard, a valance panel and a running board. After a little scratching around in the dirt and the digging up of a door latch, a door handle and the beading from the only door.
The door beading allowed me to ascertain the size of the door. The remainder of the measurements were mainly estimated from an enlarged photo of an original Citroen. Tom Walters using his plumbing skills, bent the body parts while I completed the shaping. Most of the timber was obtained from shipyards, with the sections in the door, over the cowl and door frames being fashioned from maple. The body was then sheeted with Zincaneal, tacked onto the wooden frame.
After the body, the mechanicals were commenced with the re-boring of the engine, valves re-seated and reground etc.
The painting and the upholstery were undertaken by myself, and after about 9 years the restoration of ‘Lemondrop” was complete.
Engine Type 4 cylinder 5V
Bore and stroke 55mm x 90mm
Displacement 855cc
Max B.H.P. 11 at 2600 rpm
Ignition Magneto
Transmission 3 speed