Oh yes for sure, but it is still strange to me that such a iconic car over here can be completely unheard of to some enthusiasts even if they are in the US. I remember when I was doing a summer job 5-6 years ago at a package sorting plant for the french Postal services, I keep seing part being sent to all over the world from a 2CV club.
The Charleston was a very popular series to help boost the sales of the badly aging 2CV in the 80s. Mind you that Citroën tried countless time to replace the 2CV but they never managed to get the models right. There was the Dyane in the 60s-70s which was basically a "squared" modernised 2CV and then there was the Ami, the Visa, the LN, ...
That pretty much sums it up about the 2CV here.
That really does sound like the Beetle here. The one difference is that it's safe to say that the Beetle is known worldwide. We're also a bit more isolated than you. Before the new version of the Mini came out most people here didn't know what the original Mini was, either!
The Beetle had many special editions to boost lagging sales, too. There was the Sports Bug (that is one of the better ones), the "Formula Vee", Baja, LaGrande Bug, Jeans Beetle, Sun Bug and probably something I'm forgetting. None improved performance, they were all just trim packages except the Sports bug. It had fantastic seats! It offered nothing else besides special colors of paint, black stripes/trim and sport wheels, though.
Originally Posted by Boyz in da Park
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