Meindert is active in care for the disabled on a daily basis and his GP advised him to give space to a car hobby for balance in his life. His GP later complimented him on his choice of French voitures and for the fun and healthy abnormality.
By: Dirk de Jong
This story is about the Acadiane that is now 'in treatment', because Meindert cannot be said about this. The order version of the original Citroën 2 CV came on the market in the 50s and was replaced by the Acadiane in the 70s. Compared to the 2 CV, the Acadiane was actually a luxury model and, like the 2 CV, was often used by the middle class. It was of course unmistakably related to the 2 CV. The photos show that the chassis and engine have now been overhauled. The body was still in a fair condition and required less attention.
A second life
There are no more of this Acadiane model. In fact, more and more are falling off. That makes it extra special that Meindert wants to give this Acadiane a second life with the help of friends and the necessary perseverance.
For Meindert, the classic car hobby is only fun when things get a bit out of hand. And that is actually already the case, because there are still two French classics in his garage. It's not addiction, it's enthusiasm. You need that if you have a busy job in disabled care. In this way, Meindert can enter the garage with a big smile every week to bring this Acadiane project to a successful conclusion.
His other mobile loves are a 2 CV that he bought 30 years ago with a rusted chassis that was replaced by a better one. This car is technically perfectly maintained to always be ready for summer rides.
His Peugeot 404 Pickup is the hobby project. He is dealing with that project together with his sons. The engine has already been replaced and a five-speed gearbox has been fitted. The car will remain as a monument of the 60s for the time being. And that is no problem because the ownership and work together with his sons is already great. If you can get out of the hustle and bustle of everyday life with your car hobby and then even lose track of time, how better can you have it?
- De Citroën Acadiane by Evert van Benthem
- History of the Citroën 2CV. Part One. TPV, French and Belgians
- History of the 2CV. Part two: 1960-1974. Differentiation, growth and innovation
- History of the 2CV. Part 3. 1974-1990 (slot)
- 100 years Citroën. The company car history. Part One
- 100 years Citroën. The company car history. Part 2 (slot)
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