Legend has it that the design goals for the Citroën 2CV included the ability to carry four farmers and 50kg (110 lb) of farm goods at 50 km/h (31 mph), travel 100 km on 3 L of gasoline (78 mpg), and carry eggs unbroken across a plowed field. Its introduction, originally scheduled for the October 1939 Paris Auto Show, was delayed when France declared war on Germany on September 3rd. The design was reworked after the war, but economic and political influences delayed its debut until 1948.
The revolutionary hydropneumatic suspension, developed by Citroën in the 1950s, ensures a smooth and comfortable ride over varied terrains. The interconnected suspension units are adjustable for ride height, showcasing the brand's commitment to innovation.
This particular model, from the last year of production, encapsulates the essence of the 2CV's iconic design and engineering innovations. Introduced as a limited edition model in 1980, the 1988 Charleston pays homage to the lively Charleston dance of the 1920s. The 1988 Citroën 2CV Charleston is characterized by its distinctive two-tone paint scheme, unique black bumpers, and grey upholstery with a red and white checkered pattern. With a 2-cylinder engine and a top speed of around 65 mph, it marked one of the final iterations of the 2CV before the model was discontinued in 1990.
Despite its simple design, the 2CV gained a devoted following and remains a cherished classic, celebrated for its distinct character and enduring appeal. In addition to France and Portugal, 2CVs were built in England, Chile, Argentina, and Iran. Including all variants, over 8.8 million 2CVs were produced.