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    Default UK - Stolen 2CV black and yellow Charleston

    News just in from the CCC UK forum, a black and yellow Charleston was stolen on New Year's Eve in the UK. If you see anything suspicious pop up such as the entire car or parts please refer to this novel ebay ad.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ws/eBayISA...E:B:EF:GB:1123

    Also, the olive green DS 23H used in the film "Driving Lessons" with Rupert Grint and Julie Walters a few years ago was recently stolen. This car had previously belonged to the famous actor Alec Guiness and up until a few weeks ago was in the ownership of a well known CCC UK member (not Nigel).

    If you see or hear anything of that car please PM me and I will pass on information.

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    I think I saw it....a lovely Charleston 2CV was following me from Mosman to Manly yesterday.....oh hang on that was a red and black one, my bad
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    Jeez, there is some scum in the world.

    The poor guy - 25 years later, and the thing gets stolen. How would anyone feel?

    I hope it gets recovered, and if so, Craig (if you hear anything), please keep us in the loop.

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    The yellow/black Charleston is the least common of all Charlestons, so stealing one could be akin to robbing a bank in July dressed as Santa Claus.

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    It'll turn up somewhere. If you wanted to steal a car to get somewhere.... a 2cv would be the top of the list. It doesn't lock well (just grab the boot catch and "flick" it fast, the friction inside the lock will spin the tag around so the boot opens even if locked), then jump in and squeeze the wire together behind the ignition and your away.

    Much like any old car, anyone could hotwire one in a heartbeat and be gone. It'll probably turn up as the theifs destination

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    The owner was advised by the plod that 2CVs etc are being "stolen to order" and often head to Ireland or Spain.
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    Don't look at me, I've not got them!
    I may get shot down in flames here, but the safari version of the DS would be VERY low on my shopping list.... Try as I might, I just don't like the look of them!
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    Quote Originally Posted by smiffy1071 View Post
    Don't look at me, I've not got them!
    I may get shot down in flames here, but the safari version of the DS would be VERY low on my shopping list.... Try as I might, I just don't like the look of them!
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    Quote Originally Posted by UFO View Post
    Says the man who is a fan of buses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pugrambo View Post
    secretly loves volvos in that case
    We have a yard full of Volvo buses like these, (85 of them) which cost about £190,000 each.




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    The 2CV has been recovered and is being forensically checked by Mr Plod.
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    I felt like a detective when I stumbled on this today:

    http://perth.gumtree.com.au/c-Cars-V...AdIdZ350155590


    But it appears I missed boat; as UFO said, already recovered!

    Still! Rare as hen's teeth even if this one might not be an original yellow/black Charleston!

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    Thanks for the update Craig and I am so glad that car has been found. The owner must be very relieved indeed.

    That car looks great, and the yellow and black colour scheme is by far the rarest, i think only made between 1983 and 1985 or something like that.

    At that price it is cheap if in good order, and nice ones are starting to sell for bigger dollars.

    They are a lovely little car and just so much fun to own and drive.

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    That car has had Toyota F40 footwell vent flaps added, but the pinstriper wasn't able to match the grey swirl to fit in with the original on the bottom of the doors.

    Looking at the different tones of yellow, I would say that the doors and bonnet are original, but the panel just forward of the A pillar (which had the F40 vent flaps added) has been sprayed to the top of the windscreen (where the black starts). Probably has had a new windscreen panel added as they rust in that area and particularly along the bonnet hinge which is tack welded to the bottom of the windscreen panel.

    The car looks good and if the windscreen panel and bonnet hinge have been replaced, so much the better as that area should last forever in the Australian (particularly WA) climate. The footwell vent flaps are also a bonus in our climate.

    It is an appropriate price for a rare yellow/black Charleston, to me the best colour combo for the Charlestons. The burgundy/black original Charleston needs to be spotlessly clean and highly polished (like a black car) to look good, otherwise it looks "dirty".

    If I bought that car, I would look at sourcing new Charleston decals for the door bottoms and panel in front of the A pillar. I would not replace the current ones at this stage, but in the future, perhaps if there is rust under the rear quarter vents or rear numberplate panel (common problems with 2CVs) and the car is resprayed, then woulkd be the time.

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