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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
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  • Citroën - DS 23 Pallas Injection Electronique - 1973

    €17,001 - €22,101.30 est. (£0 - £0 est.) €17,001 - €22,101.30 est. (£0 - £0 est.)
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  • Citroën - 2CV - 1961

    €6,001 - €7,801.30 est. (£0 - £0 est.) €6,001 - €7,801.30 est. (£0 - £0 est.)
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  • Citroën - 2CV - 1982

    €5,637 - €7,328.10 est. (£0 - £0 est.) €5,637 - €7,328.10 est. (£0 - £0 est.)
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  • Citroën - Mehari - 1976

    €8,501 - €11,051.30 est. (£0 - £0 est.) €8,501 - €11,051.30 est. (£0 - £0 est.)
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  • Citroën - 2cv - 1979

    €6,201 - €8,061.30 est. (£0 - £0 est.) €6,201 - €8,061.30 est. (£0 - £0 est.)
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  • Citroën - 2 cv - 1955

    €9,001 - €11,701.30 est. (£0 - £0 est.) €9,001 - €11,701.30 est. (£0 - £0 est.)
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  • Citroen SM

    £37,750 £37,750

    This striking SM is available for a negotiated sale around £37,750 which is in the middle of our sales price estimate. See www.TradeClassics.com for full details and over 300 images and videos. EXTERIOR If you like your cars subtle in nature then this may not be the one for you! However, if you like to stand out a little, love the 70’s and quirky French design, then this is the car for you. It looks simply stunning and beautiful when we visited it in the morning sunshine. Wheels & Tyres The car is fitted with its original wheels and wrapped in Michelin tyres. The tyres all have good tread and even wear. Bodywork The bodywork is exceptional and after going over the whole car we only found two very small bubbles. One bubble on the lower part of the OSF wing and one on the NSR wing to the right of the wheel. It’s difficult to see under the car, however, Surjit assures us it’s in rot free condition. The bonnet, doors and rear boot all open and close perfectly and the panel gaps all look visibly correct and even across the car. Paint The paint is very striking and there are no visible signs of any colour difference across the panels, even in direct sunlight. The benefit of an older restoration is the likelhood of anything untoward coming through are much lower. Also, the car has always been garaged. Glass and Trim Both are in excellent condition across the car. The chrome is really very good and looks great against the gold paint. INTERIOR WOW is the word for this interior, it’s hard to think on a nicer place to be. The condition is simply exceptional and colour combination fits the car and the exterior colour perfectly. Seats and Carpets Of course the seats have been subject to restoration in the past and are in excellent condition, both visually and structurally. The carpets have been replaced at some point in the past too. The headlining is excellent with no signs of any sagging. Dashboard These are like new and there is no wear or splits on the dashboard. We did notice the RPM gauge is not working at the moment and would need to be looked into. Steering Wheel / Gear Stick Both are in original condition with no issues. MECHANICS These are complicated cars, both in terms of their suspension and that beautiful Maserati engine. The good news is this car has been very well maintained and everything, including the suspension, works just as it should. Engine and Gearbox The car started first go from cold and settled into a smooth tickover. There were no signs of any smoke and the engine felt very smooth when revving. Clutch and gear selection felt good with no issues noticed. Selecting reverse was also easy with no issues. Suspension and Brakes We didn’t take the car for a drive on our visit, however, we did manoeuvre it around the driveway and the assisted brakes felt good and we tested the suspension that worked perfectly too (see the video). The Drive As mentioned, we didn’t take the car for a drive, however, Surjit confirms that car drives and stops with no issues at all. In fact Surjit has used the car regularly during his ownership and has covered over 1,400 trouble free kilometers. Electrics and Other Windows and heating system all work correctly. The lights are directional based on the steering and Surjit is just confirming they work correctly, as they are currently pointing inwards. If there is any issue here then Surjit will remedy before the new owner picks the car up.

    • Year: 1973
    For sale
    £37,750 £37,750
  • Citroen Saxo

    £1,500 £1,500

    Citroen Saxo 1.6 i VTR 3 door for sale having covered 56,000 miles and sold with 12 months MOT and FSH. In superb condition and totally standard with one lady owner since 2003.

    • Year: 2001
    • Mileage: 56000 mi
    • Engine size: 1.6
    For sale
    £1,500 £1,500
    Dan Bonsall
    Dan Bonsall
  • Citroën - ID 19B - 1968

    €17,501 - €22,751.30 est. (£0 - £0 est.) €17,501 - €22,751.30 est. (£0 - £0 est.)
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  • Citroën - 2CV6 - 1985

    €8,751 - €11,376.30 est. (£0 - £0 est.) €8,751 - €11,376.30 est. (£0 - £0 est.)
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  • Citroen DS3

    £6,795 £6,795

    Variant name:Diesel Hatchback DStyle Plus ,Derivative:DStyle Plus ,Variant: 1.6 e-HDi 90hp DStyle Plus Airdream Anti-Lock Brakes,Digital Air Conditioning,Power-Assisted Steering,Driver, Passenger And Front Side Air Bags,17In Alloy Wheels,Cruise Control,Electronic Stability Programme,Driver Information System,Rear Windows Tinted Glass,Electric Door Mirrors,Immobiliser,Front Fog Lights,Seats Split Rear,Driver Seat Height Adjustment,Front Electric Windows,Remote Central Door Locking,Steering Wheel Leather,Front Head Restraints,Bluetooth Interface Telephone Equipment,Centre Rear Seat Belt,Electronic Brake Force Distribution,LED Daytime Running Lights Exterior Lighting,Radio/CD/MP3,Rake/Reach Adjustable Steering Column/Wheel,Rear Seat - ISOFIX Anchorage Point,Six Speakers,Sport Chassis,Tyre Repair Kit,Cloth interior

    • Mileage: 24000 mi
    • Engine size: 1.6
    For sale
    £6,795 £6,795
  • Citroen DS

    €36,900(£0) €36,900(£0)

    VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: The car was completely disassembled to the chassis, anti-rust treated and waxed, restored upholstery, saddlery, wiring harness, body, hydraulics, all fully running. The most part of the interiors was conserved as original to give the vintage scent that only manufacturing material can bring back today. All the documents, chassis number, colour and engine correspond to the official Citroen ones. Powerful 2400 cc engine, 5 speed gearbox which is the only one installed during the 20 years of production. Very rare and unique colour. We underline that the restoration compliants to the original specifics, identical to 70's model requirements. Restoration works: we have taken many detailed pictures that show the DS Break critical points, in some pictures you can see we applied noiseproof and insulating bitumen/alluminium foils. This wasn't made in '73, it's an available improvement not visible which absolutely doesn't make the caracteristics less loyal, but instead give a very enjoyable driving. WARNING - AVAILABLE UNDER APPOINTMENT THE EXHIBITED PRICE DOES NOT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT ANY POSSIBLE CAR EXCHANGE. TERMS AND CONDITIONs OF SALE We do not have the possibility to constantly update our prices and ads so it is possible that the selling price displayed may be changed. It is the burden of the buyer to verify all information, datas and inspect the vehicle before proceeding to purchase. We are able to supply any kind of documentation upon request. For further information we are at your disposal please contact us at +39 030/2411531 , mail to info@luzzago.com Visit our webpage www.luzzago.com TIPS We are able to delivery your purchase straight to you. Contact us for quote to your address. (also shipping too EU and Extra EU community)

    • Year: 1973
    • Mileage: 26077 mi
    • Engine size: 2.4
    For sale
    €36,900(£0) €36,900(£0)
  • Citroen 2CV

    €10,900(£0) €10,900(£0)

    VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: Wonderful Citroen 2CV 6 Special, body, interiors and mechanics fully restored. First italian registration and delivery in Brescia. Body fully repainted in aquamarine colour with vynil interiors and grey fabric's door panels. Perfectly running, of certain increasing in value due to the detailed restoration made. TERMS AND CONDITIONs OF SALE We do not have the possibility to constantly update our prices and ads so it is possible that the selling price displayed may be changed. It is the burden of the buyer to verify all information, datas and inspect the vehicle before proceeding to purchase. We are able to supply any kind of documentation upon request. For further information we are at your disposal please contact us at +39 030/2411531 , mail to info@luzzago.com Visit our webpage www.luzzago.com TIPS We are able to delivery your purchase straight to you. Contact us for quote to your address. (also shipping too EU and Extra EU community)

    • Year: 1983
    • Mileage: 42471 mi
    • Engine size: 0.6
    For sale
    €10,900(£0) €10,900(£0)
  • Citroen C6

    £4,995 £4,995

    **REDUCED** was 5995 - 57 Reg - Oriental Blue with Black Part Leather Trim, This stunning condition C6 Linage comes with a very high specification which includes: Factory Colour Satellite Navigation, Xenon Headlamps, Heads-up Display, Electric Adjustable Seats, Dual Climate Control, Cruise Control, Trip Computer, CD Player with Fingertip Controls, Auto Dipping Mirror, Voice Control System, JBL Speakers, Electric Folding Mirrors, Piano Black Interior Trim, Leather Steering Wheel, Centre Arm Rest, Airbags, ISO-Fix Seating, 18'' Alloy Wheels, Front Fogs, 2 Keys, Extremely low mileage and comes with a Full Service History on the miles (6 services), last serviced at Citroen at 65k, plus it comes with a BRAND NEW CAM BELT & WATER PUMP and a brand new MOT, really a stunning vehicle in ever way, this car glides along the road like nothing else, pure luxury driving, complemented perfectly by its super high specification and amazing history, drives superbly so any inspection welcome, **INDOOR VIEWING AREA FOR RAINY & DARK DAYS** - HPI Clear, Part Exchange up or down welcome. **Debit/Credit Cards Accepted** **Open 7 Days a week** **POOR CREDIT NO PROBLEMS - Finance available (subject to status)**

    • Mileage: 67000 mi
    • Engine size: 2720
    For sale
    £4,995 £4,995