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This lovely little car, a Citroën 2CV (deux chevaux vapeur/two steam horses), was parked at the entrance to the Bánffy castle estate, in the village of Bontida (Hungarian: Bonchida, German: Bonisbruck).

The car has been described in the book "Drive On!: A Social History of the Motor Car" as "the most intelligent application of minimalism ever to succeed as a car." It was designed as a low cost, simple, versatile, reliable and for off-road driving as well. For this it had a light, easily serviceable engine, extremely soft long travel suspension (with adjustable ride height), high clearance, and for oversized loads a car-wide canvas sunroof. Between 1948 and 1990 3 872 583 "2CV" were produced.

Bánffy Castle is an architectonic Baroque monument which was owned by the Bánffy family, also known as "The Versailles of Transylvania".

The castle was partly destroyed during World War II by German troops and neglected by the communist regime in Romania. It is currently being restored with help from the World Monuments Fund.

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