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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Spotted: Citroën 2CV6 Charleston

Citroen 2CV6 Charleston
Photo by Kate Tompkins
On our north shore road trip, we took a cruise up the fjords of the Saguenay and docked at the town of L’Anse-Saint-Jean. While we were eating lunch at the dock, I saw what looked like a car from the 1940s pull into a parking lot up the hill from us. Naturally, I had to check it out, so once we were done, I grabbed my camera and headed up the hill to take a look. Wouldn’t you know it, I was just lining up a shot, when somebody else decided to park right next to it, despite there being plenty of other spaces. That meant I couldn’t get a good shot from the side, but did manage front and back views.

Citroen 2CV6 Charleston
Photo by Kate Tompkins
The car was a Citroën 2CV6 Charleston, and in beautiful shape. Despite its 40s appearance, I discovered when I had time to look into it that this particular model was built between 1980 and 1990, when Citroën discontinued the 2CV. I wasn’t wrong in thinking it looked old, however. The 2CV used pretty much the same body styling right from its initial introduction at the 1948 Paris Auto Show. They did change up the engine over the years, however, but the 2CV is no muscle car. According to ranwhenparked (which has a good post on the Charleston here), the Charleston had a 602 cc flat twin engine that put out 29 horsepower. While it could reach a top speed of around 70 mph, it would take nearly 33 seconds to do 0-60. No, I’m not missing a decimal point.

I can’t pin this one down any closer than 1980-1990, not having access to the VIN, or the owner for that matter. It is sporting the colours of the initial limited edition Charleston, which became so popular Citroën put it into regular production. In fact, according to Wikipedia, the last official 2CV to roll off the line was a Charleston.



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