Year of manufacture 1983
Recorded mileage 43,861
Asking price £6950
Vendor Pioneer Automobiles, near Newbury, Berkshire; 07711 509600; www.pioneer-automobiles.co.uk
WHEN IT WAS NEW
Max power 128bhp
Max torque 148lb ft
0-60mph 11.3 secs
Top speed 115mph
This rare S1 survivor came from the James Hull collection via Jaguar Land Rover Classic, its Familiale name meaning three rows of seats. It presents well, though bodily it’s not perfect, with some bubbling at the door bottoms, tops and wheelarch lips, plus various other paint blemishes, but it has good sills and is very solid underneath. It has an amazingly well-preserved interior, which is the hardest thing to put right on these. It has a very good history file, too, including eight service stamps to 43,730 miles in April 2012, plus certificates for Dinitrol protection from new, redone in 1984.
The stainless-steel bumpers are okay, and the tailgate at least has been repainted, its window still bearing the supplying dealer sticker from Ing’s of Maidenhead. The tyres are a mix including one old Michelin MX, with an original and unused XAS on the spare, and the scuffed wheels are lightly corroded. There is very little dampness underneath, so the hydraulics haven’t sprung a leak. Inside, it’s almost unworn. There’s one small hole in the left rear seat, another in the driver’s seat, one mark on the left front carpet and the driver’s door stay doesn’t work. That’s about it: the dash plastics are perfect, and the soft, rubberised parts such as door pulls haven’t started crumbling.
Under the bonnet it’s ‘used’ rather than concours, but the coolant is pink, the oil cleanish, the LHM fluid level okay. The injected 2347cc ‘four’ starts easily with a bit of belt squeal and idles quietly, with no exhaust blows. From the kneeling position (we had to drop it because it was sitting level) the suspension lifts within 10 secs. It drives very well: the auto ’box suits the imperious ‘magic carpet’ bearing of the big estate, plus it changes smoothly and kicks down readily – and the gear indicator telltales all work, as do the revolving-drum instruments… but not the oil-level gauge. The temperature needle sits centrally, and the cooling fan cuts in normally when you stop after a run. The electric windows work but the air-con doesn’t at the moment. The CX will be sold with its original handbook, guarantee card, key numbers card and a new MoT.
EXTERIOR Unusual colour; some paint bubbles
INTERIOR Extremely well preserved
MECHANICALS Lowish mileage; drives well
For + Rarity, originality and unusually good interior
Against - Paint shows some blemishes; air-con doesn’t blow cold
SHOULD I BUY IT?
If your antiques business requires the retro-chic finishing touch, this Citroën is simply huge inside. And good luck finding another!