October 1980; Citroën presented the 2 CV 6 Charleston

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  • In October 1980, Citroën presented the 2 CV 6 Charleston at the Paris motor show.
    The brand-new special edition was limited to 8,000 units, and was so successful that it was added to the range catalogue in July 1981, until the 2 CV reached the end of production.
  • The last 2 CV produced was also a Charleston, released on 27 July 1990.
  • While the period won’t be featured in any rallies, it’s still possible to (re)discover the 2 CV and admire its chic, quirky character and two-colour exterior 40 years after its launch.
Forty years ago, in 1980, Citroën launched a special series of 8,000 units dubbed “Charleston”, at a price of 24,800 francs. As noted in the press release issued at the time, “to satisfy the 2CV ‘purists’, the headlights are round, with a red housing.” With its chic and quirky style, the 2 CV 6 Charleston embodied the highest degree of finish and power ever seen on the 2 CV. After the Spot in 1976, the 2 CV 6 Charleston rode a new wave of limited editions.

Though its finish was borrowed from the Club, the 2 CV 6 Charleston stood out with its special upholstery and round headlights, like those on the 2 CV Spécial.

The following year, in July 1981, the limited series was so successful that it became unlimited: now mass-produced at the Levallois plant, the model was added to the Citroën catalogue. This version differed from the limited edition with its chrome headlights and grey, diamond-pattern upholstery.

Initially sold in Delage Red and Black, it later came with a Hélios Yellow and Black variant in July 1982, which was then replaced in July 1983 with a version painted in two shades of grey, Night Grey and Cormorant Grey.

Production continued in 1988 at the Mangualde plant in Portugal. The models produced at this site can be identified by their windows, which bear the name of the Spanish glazier, “Covina”.

On 27 July 1990, at 4:30 pm, the last 2 CV to leave the Mangualde production line was a Night Grey and Cormorant Grey 2 CV 6 Charleston. This was the 5,114,969thand the last 2 CV produced.

The 2 CV remains an icon of automotive history and a favourite of numerous collectors around the world. The Charleston contributed to this success over the last 10 years of production.

Today, for a drivable version in good condition, the 2 CV Charleston lists for about €14,500 in its original limited edition, and €10,500 for the catalogue version.

It is still possible to acquire one in the form of a three-inch miniature (€5) or key chain (€4), sold in the Lifestyle Citroën shop. The Charleston is a popular choice, as one out of every five 2CV miniatures sold is a Charleston!

The historic 2 CV boasts 10 special editions launched in France and certain European countries:

France:

1976: 2 CV Spot

1980: 2 CV Charleston

1981: 2 CV 007 James Bond

1983 and 1984: 2 CV France 3

1985 and 1986: 2 CV Dolly

1986: 2 CV Cocorico

Spain:

1982: 2 CV Marcatelo

Germany and Switzerland:

1985: 2 CV Ente Grün

England:

1987: 2 CV Bamboo

Belgium:

1988: 2 CV Perrier

 

In 2008, for the 60th anniversary of the 2 CV, a limited-edition Charleston was launched based on another model from the Citroën line, which was also a convertible: the C3 Pluriel Charleston, with the same Delage Red and Black exterior.