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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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    MAXIMUM ATTACK ON MONTE / #Citroen-CX2400-GTi / #Citroen-CX2400 / #Citroen-CX / #Citroen / #Rallye-Monte-Carlo -Historique / 1977-Citroën-CX2400-GTi / 1977 / 2013 - JP. Paolin

    No doubt there were many cars on this year’s #Rallye-Monte-Carlo-Historique that cornered more sharply than the Citroën CX2400 GTI of French crew #Jean-Paul-Paolin and #Franck-Lafforgue . Few entrants, however, would have reached the Principality in such comfort ACM/Jo Lillini
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