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There are very few things in the automotive world which are quite as fabulously retro-futuristic as the Citroën CX. Flowing and aerodynamic spaceship-esque lines despite a total lack of Stateside tailfin gimmicks and the like. Hydropneumatic suspension. And that dashboard is pure sci-fi.

Having just spent this whole week in Paris with my family, I can conclude that there are sadly not many classics to be spotted in the City of L’Amour. It’s certainly not like strolling through Amsterdam where you will inevitably be met by a wide variety of classics scattered throughout the city. Nonetheless, a very early Espace caught my attention, a late Autobianchi A112 and a Peugeot 104 battling through rush hour was a welcome contrast to the often beat-up 205’s, second-generation R5’s and AX’s which still work dutifully as cheap daily drivers, and a red seventies Beetle on German numberplates driving past the Eiffel Tower immediately kickstarted fantasies of new roadtrips to be undertaken this coming summer. However, very few things could have been more fitting than the early light blue metallic CX which floated effortlessly through Paris, leaving me gawking with amazement and envy. No doubt helped by the setting, it was simply perfect! Needless to say, in between Champs-Élysées, Notre Dame and walking the streets of Montmartre, I subsequently found myself trawling the internet for cool CX’s.

Personally, I think the earliest CX’s are the purest – with their stainless steel bumpers and preferably with those full-size smooth disc plate wheel trims in polished stainless steel. So unbelievably stylish and just oozing early seventies high-tech. But then you have put up with the asthmatic 102hp of the 2-litre 4-cylinder engine. That’s not a lot for a big and relatively heavy car. Let’s face it – we all crave a little more power, especially when buying an executive saloon. The introduction of the 2.2-litre engine did little to address this, and even the Bosch fuel injected CX25 GTi of 1977 only managed 128hp leading to… well, let’s call it adequate power. So really, if you want proper performance combined with those outlandish design virtues, you need to seek out a force-feed CX25 GTi Turbo. And guess what, that’s exactly what I managed to find!

Of course, the majority of the GTi Turbos where the later facelifted series 2 cars with plastic bumpers. However, one of the few series 1 CX25 GTi Turbos produced during its 9 month lifespan from October 1984 until the introduction of the facelifted cars in July 1985 is currently for sale in Spain. The description is fairly short and to the point, but the vendor claims that the big Citroën is rustfree and in very good condition due to the dry Spanish climate. It’s only a two owner car with a very reasonable 133,000 km on the clock (equating to approximately 82,000 miles). The CX has aircondition, and a manual gearbox to extract the most out of that 168hp turbo engine. Pictures in the advert aren’t amazing, but the French executive spaceship appears to be highly original both inside and out. It even retains those funky factory alloy wheels. While a proper pre-purchase inspection is always essential, I must say that it looks fantastique in those pictures. Here are a few for you to sample:

To be perfectly honest, much as I have always admired the design of the big CX, I’ve never really seen myself as a potential CX-owner. Clearly, all the croissants and crêpes have affected my ability to think rationally. Probably best if I return home and give it at least a few weeks before I act on this sudden desire to own such a fabulous French designer spaceship. In the meantime, that’s of course the perfect excuse for me to share the link to the advert with you: 1985 Citroën CX 25 GTi Turbo
They’re asking Euro 15,500 (which is currently £ 13,600) for this rare top-of-the-range version of the elegant CX. It’s for sale from Torrevieja near Alicante on the southeast coast of Spain, so you could even fly down to pick it up, potentially treat yourself to a few days in the sun (which is a lot more than Paris gave us during this past week), and then embark on an epic – and no doubt very comfortable – roadtrip back home. Do that, and despite my jealousy, I promise we’ll publish your story from that roadtrip right here on ViaRETRO…

 

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7 Responses

  1. Claus Ebberfeld
    I absolutely agree on the Series 1, Anders – that’s my preferred CX as well and by a huge margin. For me the car is all about the design, inside and out. And the comfort, of course: Put it in fifth and forget about the engine. In my point of view all of them let the rest of the car down.
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  2. Jakob356
    Seats are the wrong kind 👎

    I do not agree about the power of the 25GTi, mine ran 200 km/h and was very quick. The 22 seems a bit underpowered compared to that, but due to its old style carburetor it used MORE fuel than the 25i.
    But do go for EVEN more fun in the turbo if you can!

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  3. Anders Bilidt

    We have a pro onboard… ;-)
    Jakob, please enlighten us – what’s wrong with the seats? Are they from a later CX? Or how are they wrong?
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  4. Anders Bilidt

    I see your point. At the very least, it’s a poorly executed reupholstery. Which in turn presents the question of why a car with such modest mileage would need its seats retrimmed?
    But even so, I can’t help but find myself strangely attracted to this spaceship-cool CX…
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  5. Jakob356
    DO try the CX! Enjoy controlling this rather large car from the soft foam seats with a minimum of effort, one finger on the steering wheel and a very light foot on the very hydraulically assisted brake, finding out that the power of the engine is “enough” like in a Rolls Royce and it really does not make sense to measure in numbers om paper, while feasting your eyes on beatifully designed details from the now vanished world of Verner Panton, Arne Jacobsen and Alvaar Alto. The suspension is wonderful and the first time you drive it for half an hour, you will get “sea legs” when yor feet touch the normal not hydraulically damped ground again. It is just not like any japanese or german car at all!
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  6. Anders Bilidt

    You’re doing a good job selling it… :-)
    Admitted, I’m tempted. One day it might happen, but if you claim that it’s not about the engine power, I might actually opt for a very early and pure CX2000…
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