1981 Citroën 2CV Charleston Valentin Daubisse, France
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.