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Citroen: Classic & Performance range guide

Citroen: Classic & Performance range guide Classic and Performance Car
Citroen C6 and DS Citroen BX 1970s Citroen range Citroen XM V6 and BX 16v Citroen SM Citroen Saxo VTS Citroen Xantia Activa V6 Citroen C6 and SM
Formed by Andre Citroen in 1919, it’s fair to say that Citroen has created some of the world’s most iconic and innovative cars of all time. The brilliance of the pre-war Traction Avant, functional ruggedness of the 2CV and the futuristic DS were all stand-out models, but with these cars followed the financial difficulties of the late 1960s and early 1970s. 
 
With the need to develop several new models, while investing in rotary engine technology that would ultimately never see the light of day, Citroen had serious money issues and was forced to give up its independence in 1976, with Peugeot taking a controlling stake in the company. 
 
Although Peugeot has kept a tight control of the company’s finances, Citroen has still managed to produce a number of successful and clever models – retaining the successful Hydropneumatic suspension system right up to the current C5. Latest models like the Cactus prove that Citroen is still innovating, while the more luxurious side has been left to DS, a new sister brand spun off the success of the classic Citroen DS model line. 
 

Buying a classic Citroen

 
Citroen really made an impression on the motoring world with the Traction Avant, which was launched in 1934. Here was a car that featured unitary construction, independent suspension and front-wheel drive. Although the Traction was highly respected, it was the DS of 1955 that genuinely blew the world away.
 
Complete with its streamlined shape, the Citroen DS brought in something new: the company’s famous self-levelling Hydropneumatic suspension system. Front-wheel drive, four-wheel disc brakes and many other extremely advanced technical achievements mark it out as one of the most groundbreaking cars of the 20th century. Despite this, prices are still actually relatively affordable – excluding the super-expensive convertible Decapotable versions. 
 
Making the most of its partnership with Maserati, Citroen’s SM attempted to marry the DS’s advanced underpinnings with a glorious V6 engine and beautiful two-door coupe body. Was it a success? You’ll have to be the judge, as this machine is adored by some, and misunderstood in equal measure by the rest! 
 
The 2CV is also one of Citroen’s greatest hits, running in various forms from 1948 right through to its final incarnation in 1990. Here was a car that has appealed to an extremely broad cross section of society, from French farmers to modern day hipsters. On the same theme is the more upmarket Dyane, along with the utilitarian Mehari. All are huge fun to drive, and simple to maintain.
 
While there aren’t huge numbers to choose from, there is a lot of joy to be had from running a GS or GSA, with a characterful flat-four engine, classic Citroen interior and that great suspension system. The CX is perhaps the biggest bargain in the classic Citroen world, with only the very best GTI Turbo and Prestige models fetching strong money, even though any CX in top condition is a fantastic car to live with.
 
Now well and truly accepted as classics are the 1980s AX and BX models. Both were pioneers of lightweight technology, and the BX in particular proved that mainstream models could be clever, innovative and still be successful – selling more than 2million units. The performance variants are the most desirable with the AX GT and BX GTI 16v commanding significant premiums in top condition. 
 
The executive XM was a classic the second the first car rolled off the production line (also winning the European Car of the Year award in 1990), and the same could be said for the more recent C6. This elegant big saloon has yet to be replaced by the company, making it the last of the big Citroens for now, and almost certainly the last to feature the Hydractive suspension suspension system. 

Buying a performance Citroen


Although Citroen might not be considered immediately in the performance car arena, it has offered a number of slightly oddball choices for many years. Bordering on classic status are the 1990s hot hatches, including the Saxo VTR and VTS. These pocket rockets were idolised by a generation of Max Power readers. They are not just great fun to drive, but also extremely affordable.
 
The larger Xsara VTS is also an interesting bargain performance choice at the minute, offering the same 167bhp 2.0-litre 16v engine as the more respected 306 GTI and Rallye. Its underpinnings are similiar too, and it’s quickly becoming a bit of an endangered species due to the engine’s desirability in the 205 GTI tuning scene. The earlier ZX 16v is another one to consider, if you can find one.
 
While still in daily use around the globe, the regular Xantias might not be considered worthy of mention here, but the Activa models (which feature active roll control) are surprisingly fast machines, and are particularly sought after in 188bhp V6 form. 
  
The C4 VTS was never quite powerful enough to compete against top hot hatch rivals of the day, but it was a cool-looking machine and a pretty solid all-round performer. The limited edition Loeb editions were built to celebrate the company’s fantastic WRC results, and as a result are quite collectible today.
 
The most recent Citroen hot hatch was the DS3 Racing, which put out 204bhp. Using a heavily-tuned 1.6-litre turbo engine, as well as a limited slip differential, the Racing was sold in limited numbers, and is a slightly softer alternative to the stiff competition. 
 

Summary

 
Most car enthusiasts have some first hand experience of Citroens, be it the 2CV you bought as a cheap first car, or perhaps that ride in the back of a DS as a child started your love affair. If you have respect for intelligent, innovative cars then a classic Citroen has probably been on your wish list at some point, and with most models undervalued, you might not want to wait too long to pick one up.
Citroen C6 and DS Citroen BX 1970s Citroen range Citroen XM V6 and BX 16v Citroen SM Citroen Saxo VTS Citroen Xantia Activa V6 Citroen C6 and SM
Last updated: 17th Nov 2016
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  • Citroen C6

    £8,990 £8,990

    Anti-Lock Brakes, Automatic Air Conditioning, Alarm, Power-Assisted Steering, Driver, Passenger And Front Side Air Bags, 18In Alloy Wheels, Cruise Control, Satellite Navigation, Electronic Stability Programme, Front/Rear Parking Aid, Computer, Front/Rear Heated Seats, Memory Driver/Passenger Electric Seats, Electric Heated/Folding Door Mirrors, Immobiliser, Front Fog Lights, Washer Jets, Driver/Passenger Seat Lumbar Support, Rain Sensor, Driver/Passenger Seat Height Adjustment, Front/Rear Electric Windows, Remote Central Door Locking, Steering Wheel Leather, Front/Rear Head Restraints, Automatic Dimming Rear View Mirrors Internal, Centre Console, Centre Rear Seat Belt, Driver Air Bag Knee, Electric Rake/Reach Adjustable Steering Column/Wheel, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Mobile Preparation Telephone Equipment, Radio/CD/MP3/CD Autochanger, Steel Spare Wheel, Two Seats - Rear Seat - ISOFIX Anchorage Point, Tyre Pressure Control, Xenon Headlights Exterior Lighting, Cloth interior, Our Service Department offers Fixed Price Repairs! Also Citroen wiper blades fitted at £29, Citroen brake pads from £95, Citroen pads & discs from £215, and all makes service & MOT from £114. 12 months manufacturers warranty and road side assistance.

    • Mileage: 60554 mi
    • Engine size: 2720
    For sale
    Worthing Motors Ltd
  • Citroen Mehari

    £18,495 £18,495

    FOR SALE Dare to be different, an immaculate Citroen Dyane 6 Mehari Version 2. EQUIPMENT GRP body tub, tubular frame, heavy duty Surrey top, heater and defroster, directional signals, folding tailgate, safety chains, removable folding bench seat, dual electric wipers, bonnet straps, spare wheel. Dealer options; Mudflaps. MODEL HISTORY Conceived by French World War II fighter ace Count Roland de la Poype, the Mehari was based on a Citroen Dyane 6 platform and shared mechanicals with the 2CV6 and the Ami. The name Mehari is taken from a type of fast running camel, and Citroen referred it to the word "méhariste", a French colonial soldier in Algeria who rode a camel! Produced between 1968 and 1988, this utilitarian vehicle incorporated a Borg Warner Cycolac ABS plastic body tub and has gained iconic status in French automotive history. EXTERIOR The creative design of the corrugated Cycolac ABS body was part of Citroen’s vision for a simplistic, lightweight and fun vehicle, one which would not dent and with pre dyed panels that did not require painting. This example, finished in striking Green has been fully restored to a very high standard with all panels fully intact and showing only minor blemishes. Being a RHD conversion the panels have been replaced with GRP items perhaps from an El Cid model. A small cosmetic repair is evident on top of the driver’s door sill. A galvanised chassis replacement ensures complete structural integrity and the underside is very presentable. All trim sections are in great order, as is the fully removable surrey top in pristine condition with all catches and cords intact. An exceptional example and certain to delight to Citroen connoisseur. INTERIOR Utilitarian brilliance is demonstrated from Citroen, a maker renowned for their forward thinking innovation and dare to be different mentality. The vinyl seat coverings are perfect and this genuine four seater can easily be transformed into a capable utility vehicle with an impressive 880lb payload. The floor coverings are designed to be hosed out should a trip to the beach ensue! The original door chains remain fitted as Citroen intended and all controls operate as they should. Ergonomically compromised but a smile on your face is guaranteed, good sense of humour required! ENGINE & TRANSMISSION The air cooled two cylinder 602cc ‘pancake’ engine with its distinct rumbling soundtrack is instantly familiar, and with 33bhp it scampers along to offer a truly unique driving experience! The feather weight bonnet lifts to reveal a clean engine bay with correct brown heater tubes displayed. Total simplicity, superb owners club support and parts availability network ensure this classic is effortless to use and enjoy. The 4-speed synchro City-Matic ‘push me pull you’ transmission operates exactly as it should and being like no other car today. WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES Five correct grey steel wheels are shod in new matching 135 R15 tyres all round. The manufacture stampings are clearly visible and the offside front rim shows some markings. The front inboard drum brakes and rear drums whilst not up to modern capabilities perform well in such a lightweight vehicle. HISTORY FILE This 1971 Version 2 Mehari arrived in the UK from France in 2003 and has been subject to a complete rebuild whilst remaining true to the original design, with only subtle upgrades and professional conversion to right hand drive. Forming part of a multi-million pound classic car collection with the previous owner, this delightful example will meet the expectations of any serious collector and likewise, will delight fun seeking individuals striving to be a bit different! The large history folder contains receipts and invoices from Mehari specialists and also acts as a comprehensive manual with guides, drawings and parts brochures. A historically important slice of Citroen history and wonderful in every respect. MOT January 2018, HPI clear. To see a video of this car please click on the link below: https://youtu.be/ckNPb94EJjQ To see a full set of photographs of this car please click on the link below: https://flic.kr/s/aHskNZWavQ 'Like us' or 'Follow us' for exciting new cars coming soon at KGF Classic Cars: https://www.facebook.com/KGFClassiccars https://twitter.com/KGFClassicCars

    • Year: 1971
    • Mileage: 12948 mi
    • Engine size: 0.7
    For sale
  • Citroën 2CV AK250 Fourgonnette '71

    €7,950(£7,088.22) €7,950(£7,088.22)

    >>>>> Oldtimerfarm specializes in consignment sales of vintage and collection cars and we are proud to present you this car. Oldtimerfarm is located in Belgium, 9880 Aalter, Steenweg op Deinze 51C, where this car is in our showroom. We are open from Tuesday to Saturday 10-17h (also without appointment). We are closed on Sundays and Mondays. Mondays on appointment only. Make sure you scroll down to look at the extensive photo report (100 pictures). Of course, a more detailed description can be obtained by telephone. Contact us: Xavier: 0032 472 40 1338 (NL, FR, DE, EN, IT) info@oldtimerfarm.be Olivier: 0032 473 11 7300 (NL, FR, DE, EN) olivier@oldtimerfarm.be Oldtimerfarm from Aalter would also like to sell your classic car or car collection. For more information, please contact Xavier. Exhibitions where you can find us: 17-18/12/2016 Dreamcar International Kortrijk - Belgium 12-15/01/2017 InterClassics Maastricht - The Netherlands 21-22/01/2017 Auto Retro Roeselare - Belgium 11-12/02/2017 Flanders Collection Car Gent- Belgium 03-05/03/2017 Antwerp Classic Salon - Belgium

    • Year: 1971
    For sale
  • Citroen Traction 7C

    POA POA

    POA This 7C was manufactured in October 1939, and by 1944 was in Toulouse, at which point it was commandeered by the FFI, (Forces françaises de l'intérieur) and used by them in the Liberation of France in 1944, with the car is a copy of the original permit issued by the FF!Chef de Department Haute Pyrenees, showing the French military number FFI 89106. At the time the FFI numbers were painted on the bumper or wing along with a Tricolour signifying military use, an example is pictured In later years the 7C travelled to North America for the annual world Citroen rally in New England, and in 2009, moved to Jersey in the Channel Islands, with the occasional trip to French rallies as well as local events and displays. Overall the car is in very good original condition being well maintained over the years. The interior is original, as is the engine, the gearbox was exchanged in the early 1950’s and is good with no whine, or faults with gear changing or staying in gear. The floor pan is in excellent condition with no rust, on import in Jersey it passed the DVS vehicle check with no known faults, and has continued to be well maintained over the years. The body work is original, and in very

    • Year: 1939
    • Mileage: 9344 mi
    For sale
  • 1927 Citroen B14 12/24 ROADSTER WITH DICKIE SEAT

    POA POA

    A unique opportunity to own what is believed to be the rarest of the Citroen B14sWe are offering for sale this lovely B14 12/24 Roadster with dickey seat on behalf of the estate of Tim Wright who sadly passed away.Tim; who was chairman of the Citroen RWD register from 2001 until 2011 cherished the car whilst in his 15-year possession, and regularly drove it and kept up any maintenance required. The car starts and runs very well.Built in Slough in 1927/1928 for the UK market and in right hand drive form.Having spent a number of years in New Zealand, The car came back home in the 50s.The car was fully restored in 1992.The car was named Josephine by Tim after the singer Josephine Baker and become very much a part of the family.Tim and the car were very well known in the historic Citroen world and the car was often taken to shows and rallies.We have a vast amount of history and literature with the vehicle, as well as original handbooks, catalogues and photographs.There are also magazines and books featuring the car, and letters between its previous owners.Tims brother Don is hoping the car can be sold in the UK and remain here to be enjoyed by its new owner. Which is the reason we have

    • Year: 1927
    • Mileage: 30369 mi
    For sale
  • Citroën Traction 1,9

    €16,300(£14,533.08) €16,300(£14,533.08)

    Citroën Traction 1,9 Equipment: Fin og særdeles Velkørende Sjælden model ring for info

    • Year: 1948
    For sale
  • 1984 Citroën 2CV

    POA POA

    Details: This is a 1984 Citroen 2CV in highly restored condition. This car has just completed a highly detailed professional restoration and is an amazing example of a 2CV. Car has new paint, excellent restored interior and superb mechanicals. For more details call 631-283-8819. Stock: Color: GRAY Interior color: BLACK VIN: Transmission: MANUAL Body style: 4 DOOR Year: 1984 Engine: 4 CYLINDER Miles: 774771

    • Year: 1984
    • Mileage: 774771 mi
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  • Citroën 2CV Charleston '82

    €13,950(£12,437.82) €13,950(£12,437.82)

    Very good original state!!! The Citroën 2CV (French: “deux chevaux” i.e. “deux chevaux vapeur”, literally “two tax horsepower”) was an economy car produced by the French automaker Citroën between 1948 and 1990. It was technologically advanced and innovative, but with uncompromisingly utilitarian unconventional looks, and deceptively simple Bauhaus inspired bodywork, that belied the sheer quality of its underlying engineering. It was designed to move the French peasantry on from horses and carts. It is considered one of Citroën's most iconic cars. In 1953 Autocar in a technical review of the car wrote of "the extraordinary ingenuity of this design, which is undoubtedly the most original since the Model T Ford". It was described by CAR magazine journalist and author LJK Setright as "the most intelligent application of minimalism ever to succeed as a car". It was designed for low cost, simplicity of use, versatility, reliability, and off-road driving. For this it had a light, easily serviceable engine, extremely soft long travel suspension (with adjustable ride height), high ground clearance, and for oversized loads a car-wide canvas sunroof (which until 1960 also covered the boot). D

    • Year: 1982
    For sale
  • Citroën 5HP Torpédo Cabriolet 2 Places C.3 '24

    €14,500(£12,928.20) €14,500(£12,928.20)

    11Hp >>>>> Oldtimerfarm specializes in consignment sales of vintage and collection cars and we are proud to present you this car. Oldtimerfarm is located in Belgium, 9880 Aalter, Steenweg op Deinze 51C, where this car is in our showroom. We are open from Tuesday to Saturday 10-17h (also without appointment). We are closed on Sundays and Mondays. Mondays on appointment only. Make sure you scroll down to look at the extensive photo report (100 pictures). Of course, a more detailed description can be obtained by telephone. Contact us: Xavier: 0032 472 40 1338 (NL, FR, DE, EN, IT) info@oldtimerfarm.be Olivier: 0032 473 11 7300 (NL, FR, DE, EN) olivier@oldtimerfarm.be Oldtimerfarm from Aalter would also like to sell your classic car or car collection. For more information, please contact Xavier. Exhibitions where you can find us: 17-18/12/2016 Dreamcar International Kortrijk - Belgium 12-15/01/2017 InterClassics Maastricht - The Netherlands 21-22/01/2017 Auto Retro Roeselare - Belgium 11-12/02/2017 Flanders Collection Car Gent- Belgium 03-05/03/2017 Antwerp Classic Salon - Belgium

    • Year: 1924
    For sale
  • Citroën Traction 11 BL Green '49

    €15,950(£14,221.02) €15,950(£14,221.02)

    First car shot in our new studio! The Traction Avant, French for "forward traction", was designed by André Lefèbvre and Flaminio Bertoni in late 1933 / early 1934. While not the first production front wheel drive car - Alvis built the 1928 FWD in the UK , Cord produced the L29 from 1929 to 1932 in the United States and DKW the F1 in 1931 in Germany - it was the world's first front wheel drive steel monocoque production car. Along with DKWs 1930s models, the Traction successfully pioneered front wheel drive on the European mass car market.The Traction Avant's structure was an arc-welded monocoque (unitized body). Most other cars of the era were based on a separate frame (chassis) onto which the non-structural body ("coachwork") was built. Monocoque construction (also called Unit Body or "Unibody" in the US today) results in a lighter vehicle, and is now used for virtually all car construction, although body-on-frame construction is still suitable for larger vehicles such as trucks.This method of construction was viewed with great suspicion in many quarters, with doubts about its strength. A type of crash test was developed, taking the form of driving the car off a cliff, to illustra

    • Year: 1949
    For sale
  • Citroën 2CV Le Patron '88

    €13,950(£12,437.82) €13,950(£12,437.82)

    The “Le Patron” kit car based upon the famous 2CV is an easy to build and fun to drive kit-car that has it’s roots in the Netherlands. The Brand is the propriety of VVDBI (Van den Bergh Import) founded in 1991 by the nephews Wim and Godfried Van de Berghe. The “Le Patron” kits combine the best of kits cars by 3 ways : British design, French techniques and Dutch craftsmanship. The kits are available in left and right hand drive. Kits and turn-key cars are offered both. Garage Van den Berg (Ophemert, Netherlands) is active in the kit car business since 1991 >>>>> Oldtimerfarm specializes in consignment sales of vintage and collection cars and we are proud to present you this car. Oldtimerfarm is located in Belgium, 9880 Aalter, Steenweg op Deinze 51C, where this car is in our showroom. We are open from Tuesday to Saturday 10-17h (also without appointment). We are closed on Sundays and Mondays. Mondays on appointment only. Make sure you scroll down to look at the extensive photo report (100 pictures). Of course, a more detailed description can be obtained by telephone. Contact us: Xavier: 0032 472 40 1338 (NL, FR, DE, EN, IT) info@oldtimerfarm.be Olivier: 0032 473 11 7300 (NL, FR, DE,

    • Year: 1988
    For sale
  • Citroën 2CV 4x4 Sahara '62

    €115,000(£102,534) €115,000(£102,534)

    12Hp >>>>> Oldtimerfarm specializes in consignment sales of vintage and collection cars and we are proud to present you this car. Oldtimerfarm is located in Belgium, 9880 Aalter, Steenweg op Deinze 51C, where this car is in our showroom. We are open from Tuesday to Saturday 10-17h (also without appointment). We are closed on Sundays and Mondays. Mondays on appointment only. Make sure you scroll down to look at the extensive photo report (100 pictures). Of course, a more detailed description can be obtained by telephone. Contact us: Xavier: 0032 472 40 1338 (NL, FR, DE, EN, IT) info@oldtimerfarm.be Olivier: 0032 473 11 7300 (NL, FR, DE, EN) olivier@oldtimerfarm.be Oldtimerfarm from Aalter would also like to sell your classic car or car collection. For more information, please contact Xavier. Exhibitions where you can find us: 17-18/12/2016 Dreamcar International Kortrijk - Belgium 12-15/01/2017 InterClassics Maastricht - The Netherlands 21-22/01/2017 Auto Retro Roeselare - Belgium 11-12/02/2017 Flanders Collection Car Gent- Belgium 03-05/03/2017 Antwerp Classic Salon - Belgium

    • Year: 1964
    For sale
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