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Charleston Red and Black | Cabriolet | 4 Speed Manual | 600 cc 2 cylinder | 98,002 miles | SOLD

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Germany and Volkswagen had the Beetle as its affordable automobile for the masses and for France, there was the Citroën 2CV, or deux cheveaux in its native French.

After going on sale in 1949, production could barely keep up with demand and by 1952 there was an 18-month waiting list, underscoring the 2CV’s undeniable popularity.

Although the last 2CV rolled off the production line for the last time in 1990, Citroen never officially offered a convertible version- enter Wolfgang Hoffmann to make the little 2CV go topless.

After developing a glass fibre cabrio body to fit the 2CV frame, Hoffman built approximately 250 convertible 2CV’s and went on to sell the body as a kit spawning an entirely new generation of quirky but beautiful 2CV.

Featuring a four-speed manual mated to an umbrella style lever and a flat 2-cylinder 600cc engine pumping out a whopping 38hp we’re proud to offer this professionally fitted Ami 8 Hoffmann convertible.

In excellent running and driving condition and beautiful in presentation this rare car is believed to be the only one of its kind in the country. Chased down, imported from France in 1977 and meticulously maintained by the same owner ever since this rare and charismatic classic is something special indeed.

Inside the spartan cabin the original orange, red and white Jaeger instrumentation is still fitted and crystal clear, the red leather trimmed seats hold the driver and passenger perfectly and the novelty of learning and driving with the umbrella handle style shifter never wears off.

Outside, the panel fit and finish is excellent. The two tone Charlston Red over Black paintwork makes the car look as though it was plucked out of 1970’s Paris just yesterday, the corrugated bonnet is neatly finished by the original twin-chevron emblem and the road presence this quirky classic carries is exquisite.

Quick off the mark and the perfect summer driver this rare and exceptionally well-maintained classic would suit a Citroën enthusiast or someone looking for an out and out obscurity with mountains of character.

This is where Hoffmann and Azelle come on the scene, two little companies specialized in making the 2CV go topless.

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