They’re called Ugly Duckling, Flying Dustbin, Umbrella on Wheels, Tin Snail or even Jernseng (which sounds funnier when you know it’s Norwegian for Iron Bed).We call ours Charlie Charleston, the 2CV.

Charlie Charleston – no nicknames or shortforms please – is our gorgeous 1986 Citroen 2CV, Charleston model and pretty damn stylish, even if we say so ourselves.

It’s a little car with a fascinating history of design, social and mechanical engineering, which you can read more about from Geoff in More Hammers than Spanners, but for now, just know that he is going to carry us, our gear and Chubby Coleman on the first part of our adventure.

And because he’s special, he’s also got his own tumblr account