Citroen 2CV6 Charleston
The iconic Citroën 2CV was essential in helping post-war France return to mobility. Powered by a small but capable two-cylinder engine, it possesses a resilient, long-travel suspension and gave rural residents the means of negotiating rutted, pockmarked country roads with ease. In its later years, it became the darling of city dwellers with its unmistakable retro style, handy size, and frugal ways.
Introduced in 1948, and by the time production ceased in 1990, 3,872,583 2CVs had been built. That didn’t account for the additional 1,246,306 delivery vans or other variants. Although the 2CV is often considered the quintessential French car, in addition to a plant in Paris, it was built in approximately 10 countries, including Belgium, Argentina, Portugal, and the UK.
There is no question that the 2CV was a car of few frills, yet it endeared itself to millions of owners, and at the end of its life, it achieved cult status. It was issued in several special editions, and one of those special models was known as the Charleston. Introduced in 1980, it was available in duo-tone color schemes inspired by Citroën colors of the 1920s.
Part of the RM Auctions event in London, October, 2012.
29 hp, 602 cc horizontally-opposed two-cylinder engine, single carburettor, four-speed manual transmission, front leading arm and rear trailing arm suspension, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 93.3 in.
Source: RM Auctions
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