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1981 Citroën 2CV Charles­ton Valentin Daubisse, France

Practical Classics (UK) - - CONTENTS -

The clas­sics that are pre­cious to you and the sto­ries be­hind them.

At the age of just 17, I am al­ready a loyal clas­sic car en­thu­si­ast with a par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est in Citroëns. This 2CV is a Charles­ton model, which is one of the very first of its kind – a slightly more up­mar­ket 2CV in that it has more lux­u­ri­ous up­hol­stery and chrome head­lamp hous­ings. The Charles­ton be­gan as a spe­cial edi­tion, but af­ter all 8000 mod­els sold out, Citroën de­cided to add it to the line-up. It has the in­board disc brakes and that great-sound­ing 602cc en­gine and is a real joy to drive.

My par­ents, Ger­ard and Is­abelle, both like Citroëns too and we still own my great-grand­fa­ther’s 1928 B14. I have mem­o­ries of be­ing in this car from an early age, with my dad at the wheel. To us, for ob­vi­ous rea­sons, that car is price­less! An­dré Citroën cre­ated a com­pany that al­ways re­spected the needs of its cus­tomers at all lev­els of so­ci­ety – all the way from the Maserati-en­gined SM to the 2CV.

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