Delage on a Dime: Reviewing the Brand-New Citroën 2CV Charleston

Aguttes’ Tour Auto 2024 auction is a haven for Porsche enthusiasts, brimming with coveted collectible models. Yet, nestled among the sleek Porsches lies a true treasure: an exquisite, museum-grade Citroën 2CV Charleston. Let’s delve into its remarkable story.

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The Citroën 2CV may not command the same awe-inspiring reverence as a sleek Italian supercar thundering by at ground level. However, its significance transcends mere automotive fascination, with over five million units produced between 1948 and 1990, democratizing transportation for the French populace. Initially conceived for rural life, tasked with navigating fields and ferrying farm produce, the 2CV underwent a transformative journey as it entered its twilight years of production.

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In a bid to infuse a touch of sophistication into its humble origins, Citroën unveiled the 2CV Charleston at the 1980 Paris Motor Show. Adorned in elegant two-tone paintwork, marrying black with Delage Red, this variant paid homage to the grandeur of pre-war French automotive craftsmanship. Originally intended as a limited edition of 8,000 units, the Charleston’s overwhelming success led Citroën to enshrine it as a permanent fixture in their illustrious lineup.

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Now, behold this extraordinary specimen: a final-year 2CV Charleston, undoubtedly among the finest extant examples. Straight from the showroom floor to its sanctuary in a garage, this marvel has remained untouched for 34 years. Astonishingly, it boasts a mere 24 kilometers on the odometer, preserving every detail one would expect from a freshly minted vehicle: pristine original tires, period fluids, factory labels and markings, an immaculate interior, and even the Antar oil can it received upon delivery. In the realm of collectible French automobiles, few can rival the allure of this pristine 2CV Charleston.

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For aficionados seeking to add a rare gem to their collection, mark your calendars for Aguttes’ Tour Auto 2024 auction in Paris on April 22nd. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by.

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