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Kenji is native Japanese and at the age of 19 walked in to a cardealership in Japan with only 2 thousand dollars in his pocket, asking what might be available in his price range. In the far back corner of the lot was an old red CX Citroen. It was love at first sight. After meeting the woman who would become his wife and moving to the United States, in 2002, Kenji and his wife Marion acquired FPS, French Parts Service. A company that was founded in 1986 by Ben Morse. Today after 28 years FPS continues to provide Citroen collectors with a complete inventory of parts for Citroen 2CVs via their website at FPS West.com. Listen to Kenji talk about his love with these unique French automobiles.

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SUCCESS QUOTE

“The 2CV is not just a car. It is a way of life.”  -Kenji Yoshino

BUSINESS CHALLENGE

Kenji and his wife Marion operate FPS West out of there home in the Pacific Northwest. After a fire destroyed their home and their business many friends from the Citroen Club rallied and helped them rise from the ashes to start again.

ENTREPRENEURIAL AH-HA MOMENT X2

After losing his job, Kenji was offered the opportunity to purchase a Citroen parts business from a friend. He took the leap and has never looked back.

FIRST CAR

A tired, red Citroen CX found in the back lot of a used car dealership in Japan.

CURRENT BUSINESS

FPS West.com offering Citroen 2CV parts to customers all over the world.

FAVORITE THING ABOUT CARS

Kenji loves working in the garage on his Citroens and always has some project going on.

 FAVORITE BOOK

Citroen 2CV by John Reynolds

FAVORITE RESOURCE

The Citroen car seller www.2cvsareus.com

PARTING ADVICE

The connections with the people behind the cars is the most important thing in life.

HOW TO CONTACT KENJI

FPS West at 2CV Source.com

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3 comments
  1. These cars are really cool. Wheeler Dealers just had a show on one of these being refurbed recently… Thank you Kenji

  2. Kenji’s service is great! It’s nice dealing with a parts distributor who knows what he’s talking about and is able to offer the advice and product necessary to solve a problem. Don’t hesitate to call him.
    Thanks for the great interview!

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