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    Car #1983-Citroen-CX-IE-Familiale / #1983 / #Citroen-CX-IE-Familiale / #Citroen-CX / #Citroen

    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
    Price £10,171
    Max power 128bhp
    Max torque 148lb ft
    0-60mph 11.3 secs
    Top speed 115mph
    Mpg 25

    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.

    SUMMARY

    EXTERIOR Unusual colour; some paint bubbles
    INTERIOR Extremely well preserved
    MECHANICALS Lowish mileage; drives well
    VALUE ★★★★★★★✩✩✩

    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!
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    TEAM ADVENTURE
    Ten amazing clubs, nominated by you, one big judging trip. This is how we chose Britain’s Best Classic Car Club

    WORDS THE DRIVE-MY TEAM. PHOTOS MATT HOWELL.

    It has taken the best part of a year but, after you told us which of Britain’s local clubs we should visit, we set off to find the answer to the question: which is best? We’re now ready to reveal the winner.

    But before we do, join us on the giant classic car run around Britain that meant we could make an informed decision. Along the way, we discovered some incredible cars and great stories. We also realised that the classic car hobby is evolving. The thriving clubs, the ones which are growing, are the ones that make fewest demands. They are informal, fun and give those who turn up the freedom to do their own thing. They are welcoming, multi-marque, don’t discriminate on age or condition and they are all typified by a distinct lack of snobbery. We would have happily joined any of them. They are, quite simply, all winners.

    The journey itself was a proper blast. We met friends old and new, overcame obstacles, were introduced to some fantastic driving roads and, of course, were wowed by the cars. We also had a yearning to head further north and west in particular. If this had been at trip to visit the top 15 clubs voted for by you we would have been heading deep into Scotland and Northern Ireland. So we start with A picture of us looking west from West Wales… we Promise to cross the Irish Sea soon.

    / #1988-Citroen-CX22-TRS / #Citroen-CX22-TRS / #1988 / #Citroen-CX / #Citroen / #Citroen-CX22

    I bought this CX in 2012 after a long search to find one of the 12models of this type left. With that, and the fact it is designed to eat high mileages, he was bound to bring it. Given its regular long-distance use, he had little to fear from unexpected happenings.

    / #1980-Triumph-TR7 / #Triumph-TR7 / #Triumph

    Danny Hopkins
    It had lived under the flatbed of an old lorry for ten years, so was unprepared for such a huge journey, but with days to spare Danny managed to service it, repair the bonnet and electrics, and a fit new battery and tyres. So, it would be able to make it to the start.

    / #1972-MGB-GT / #MGB-GT / #MGB
    Matt Tomkins’

    With rebuilt engine fitted and oil pressure achieved a week before the off ,Matt pressed the ’B into use and managed to cover 400miles in just four days. At this point he declared it ‘run-in’, changed the oil then pointed the nose towards Pembroke with hope in his heart and an AA card in his wallet.
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    James Walshe
    James Walshe posted a new blog post, Citroen CX-pansion

    Citroen CX-pansion

    Posted in Cars on Saturday, 15 June 2019

    James buys another example of the car that started it all

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    Jack Grover

    The Avant Garde Citroen CX

    Posted in Cars on Tuesday, 11 September 2018

    Few car makers are as distinctive and almost wilfully different as Citroën, which didn’t so much break the mould as cast a completely fresh one all for itself when it launched the ground-breaking Traction Avant in 1934. With front-wheel drive, independent front suspension, unitary construction, rack and pinion steering and a host of other cutting-edge features the Traction was one of the most advanced cars of its day. After the Second World War Citroën kept ploughing its own furrow (to use a suitably agricultural phrase) with the 2CV, which introduced motoring to the French masses and bemused everyone else with its out-of-the-box ideas such as an air-cooled flat-twin engine, corrugated body panels, dash-mounted gear lever, fabric rolling roof, spindly wheels, absurdly soft suspension and off-putting mix of extreme body roll and almost unlimited grip.

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    CITROËN CX GTI TURBO ( #1985 - #1989 ) / #Citroen-CX-GTI-Turbo / #Citroen-CX-GTi-Turbo / #Citroen-CX25-GTi-Turbo / #Citroen-CX-GTi-Turbo-Series-1 / #Citroen-CX / #Citroen

    Citroën owners are passionate ones. They get the brand; all its pitfalls suddenly become attractive characteristics that make the brand stand out. The Citroën CX GTI is certainly amongst Citroën’s quirkiest models, and the CX itself is often regarded as the last proper Citroën before its takeover by Peugeot.

    The CX took over the big saloon gauntlet from the DS within the Citroen family. It was praised for its free-revving, long legged performance even before the GTI model arrived. The addition of the turbocharger in the 2.5-litre CX boosted power to a healthy 168bhp and top speed reached 135mph. While the speed aspect isn’t something to shout home about, it’s enough to help the CX along the way. Besides, its good looks are enough to woo you anyway.

    Today, finding a CX GTI is difficult enough, let alone one in RHD. We found just one example for sale, which resided in sunny Spain; a left-hand drive, automatic example which had covered almost 90,000 miles priced at just under £14,000.
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    Starting HANDLE / #Citroen-CX / #Citroen / #Citroen-CX-Prestige /

    Life after death: James Walshe seeks caring owner for his cars

    ‘It seems right to add my classics to my will’ Has this CX been cherished or abused?
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    Thankfully I’m not quite circling the drain yet but lately I have been casually wondering what would happen to my classics if I was hit by a bus tomorrow. Unexpectedly, they’ve become fairly valuable assets and so it seems right to add them into my will. But some important assurances are needed first.

    I fear the dreaded ‘Hoarder’. This is the kind of person who is okay with dumping a classic vehicle outside in a field, leaving it vulnerable to the elements. In the event of my kicking the bucket, these people are a threat to a lifetime’s hard work and commitment tomy hobby. I don’t want them anywhere near my classics.

    Some, with the best will in the world, will vocalise their promise to restore and maintain a car but in reality, this is nonsense. ‘I’ll get around to it one day,’ they’ll claim. They won’t, of course. The poor car in question will slowly rot to pieces, thus denying other potential restorers the opportunity to save the thing.

    The argument is played out often online. Some go to extremes, suggesting a hoarder can’t possibly be a true car enthusiast, while the accused respond – rightly so – by stating it’s no business of anyone else as to what they do with a car. Their property. End of. I’m considering the idea of donating my DS and CX to the Citroën Car Club. Perhaps the cars could be given away in the rale at the club’s annual event? Or, more sensibly, sold only to a proven responsible enthusiast – as chosen by the club committee – with funds raised going into the club coffers for future events and worthy projects. This would further increase interest in club activities while ensuring my cherished classics went to somebody who would continue to care for them, as I did.
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