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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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  • Citroën - 2CV6 - 1983

    €2,000 - €2,600 est. (£0 - £0 est.) €2,000 - €2,600 est. (£0 - £0 est.)
    Auction Date: 01 Jan 1970
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  • Citroën DS21 Cabriolet d'Usine '66

    €169,950(£0) €169,950(£0)

    After 18 years of development in secret as the successor to the venerable Traction Avant, the DS 19 was introduced on 5 October 1955 at the Paris Motor Show. The car's appearance and innovative engineering captured the imagination of the public and the automobile industry almost overnight. In the first 15 minutes of the show 743 orders were taken, and orders for the first day totalled 12,000. Far from being just a fascinating technology in search of a purpose, contemporary journalists were effusive in noting how the DS dramatically pushed the envelope in the ride vs. handling compromise possible in a motor vehicle. To a France still deep in reconstruction after the devastation of WW II, and also building its identity in the post-colonial world, the DS motor car was a symbol of French ingenuity. It defied virtually every automotive design convention of that era. It also posited the nation's relevance in the Space Age, during the global race for technology of the Cold War. The high price tag, however, hurt general sales in a country still recovering from WW II, and a cheaper submodel, the Citroën ID, was introduced in 1957. The ID shared the DS's body but was more traditional mechani

    • Year: 1966
    For sale
    €169,950(£0) €169,950(£0)
  • CITROEN C6 2.7 EXCLUSIVE V6 HDI 4d 202 BHP

    £6,990 £6,990

    Adjustable Steering Column/Wheel - Electric Rake/Reach, Adjustable Steering Column/Wheel - Rake/Reach, Air Bag Driver, Air Bag Knee - Driver, Air Bag Passenger, Air Bag Side - Front Side/Front & Rear Curtain, Air-Conditioning - Automatic, Alarm - Unspecified, Alloy Wheels - 18in, Anti-Lock Brakes, Central Door Locking - Remote, Centre Console, Centre Rear Seat Belt, Computer - Unspecified, Cruise Control, Deadlocks, Electric Windows - Front/Rear, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Electronic Stability Programme, Exterior Lighting - Xenon Headlights, Front Fog Lights, Front/Rear Parking Sensors, Head Restraints - Front/Rear, Immobiliser, In Car Entertainment - Radio/CD/MP3/CD Autochanger, Lignage Full Leather Pack, Metallic Paint, Mirrors External - Electric Heated/Folding, Mirrors External - Electric/Heated/Folding/Auto Dimming, Mirrors Internal - Automatic Dimming Rear View, Mirrors Internal - Automatic Dipping Rear View, NaviDrive + HiFi Pack, Parking Aid - Front/Rear, Power-Assisted Steering, Rain Sensor, Satellite Navigation, Seat - ISOFIX Anchorage Point - Two Seats - Rear, Seat Height Adjustment - Driver/Passenger, Seat Lumbar Support - Driver/Passenger, Seating Capacity -

    • Year: 2009
    For sale
    £6,990 £6,990
  • Citroen Ax 1995 - ART on the MOVE!

    £300 £300

    Decoion by graffiti artist Neonita. Must only sell to someone who can guarantee to keep it on public view - a travelling work of art! (Think Grayson Perry!) Has been housebound for last five years and now wants to spring into view - just needs brakes to be rubbed down in order to p MOT.

    • Engine size: 954
    For sale
    £300 £300
  • Citroen Saxo 1.4

    £550 £550

    Hi for sale my Citroen saxo got 11months mot drives really well the car isn't in bad condition for age just age related marks nothing bad I'm throwing in 4 brand new speakers what are still in there box's unopened didn't get round to fitting them.for some reason the air bag light comes on and of tho ain't bothered me.only selling cause got bigger car.open to sensible offers.

    • Engine size: 1360
    For sale
    £550 £550
  • Citroen Mehari 1976

    €19,950(£0) €19,950(£0)

    Citroen Mehari 1976, first owner, 11.000 kms This in 1976 delivered Citroen Mehari is from the first owner. This fabulous Mehari has Tibesti green paint, combined with original wheels. The interior has black leatherette and the original dashboard in the colour of the paint. Driven 11.000 kms, not detectable, but the car gives the impression that this may be right. This Citroen drives great and takes care of a lot of fun. Car has Italian title and mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any import taxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1976
    For sale
    €19,950(£0) €19,950(£0)
  • CITROEN C6 EXCLUSIVE V6 HDI 2009

    £5,499 £5,499

    CHARLES HURST GERMAN CAR SPECIALIST IS PLEASED TO OFFER THIS STUNNING EXAMPLE OF THIS HIGH END LUXURY AUTOMATIC, ONLY 1 FORMER KEEPER WHICH WAS CITROEN,JUST SPENT GBP GBP GBP HAVING FULL SERVICE and CAMBELT AND WATER PUMP KIT,10/10/17,MOT TILL AUG 2018,1 YEAR GOLD PARTS AND LABOUR WARRANTY,2 KEYS,, Satellite Navigation, Front/Rear Parking Sensors-Audible/Visual Warning, Front/Rear Parking Sensors, Seats Heated (Front/Rear), Cruise Control, Air-Conditioning (Automatic), Parking Aid (Front/Rear), Tyre Pressure Control, Rain Sensor, Alloy Wheels (18in), Electric Windows (Front/Rear), Seats Electric (Memory Driver/Passenger), Upholstery Leather, Computer, Alarm, Telephone Equipment (Mobile Preparation), In Car Entertainment (Radio/CD/MP3/CD Autochanger), Centre Console, Adjustable Steering Column/Wheel, Front Fog Lights, Child locks and Isofix system, Exterior Lighting (Xenon Headlights), Height adjustable drivers seat, Memory pack, Mirrors External (Electric Heated/Folding). 5 seats, Black, PLEASE CALL OUR SHOWROOM TO VIEW THIS LUXURY CAR,104000 miles, WE ARE IN STOKE POGES SL3 6NB. DEBIT CARDS ACCEPTED.GREAT FINANCE OPTIONS AVAILABLE ON ALL VEHICLES

    • Mileage: 100000 mi
    • Engine size: 2.72
    For sale
    £5,499 £5,499
  • CITROEN SM

    €59,500(£0) €59,500(£0)

    AN AMAZING CAR TO DRIVE Brand Citroen Type SM Color Blue Interior Tan Year of build 1973 Price € 59.500,- 1973 CITROEN SM injection A Genteel GT Designed from scratch by Maserati chief engineering Giulio Alfieri The SM was an expensive car, in the realm of the BMW 3.0 CS, Mercedes 350SLC, Porsche 911, and even Ferrari’s V6 Dino 246 A sports variant of the revolutionary Citroën DS The SM provided a combination of comfort, sharp handling, and braking which was not available in any other car at the time The Citroën SM is a high-performance coupé produced from 1970 to 1975. The SM placed third in the 1971 European Car of the Year contest, trailing its stablemate Citroën GS, and won the 1972 Motor Trend Car of the Year award in the U.S. In 1961, Citroën began to work on ‘Project S’ – a sports variant of the revolutionary Citroën DS. In January 1968, Citroën purchased a controlling interest in the Italian sports car manufacturer Maserati. The acquisition followed the absorption of the French automaker Panhard and the truck manufacturer Berliet, all of which was financed by selling a 26% stake in Citroën to Fiat. In short order, Bercot set Maserati to work designing a V6 engine for the SM

    • Year: 1973
    For sale
    €59,500(£0) €59,500(£0)
  • Citroen Dyane 6 Cote d'Azur

    POA POA

    1982 Citroen Dyane 6 Cote d'Azur Rare special edition of Dyane 6 New exhaust and fuel pump, running very well Original bill of sale Galvanised chassis, very sound body Article about Cote d'Azur, handbook and history This special edition appeared in UK only right at the end of production, only 285 were produced and the original sales invoice confirms this was one of them. Very well presented with largely original paint, new decals, on a highly desirable galvanised chassis, sound body, new exhaust and fuel pump, running very well with long MOT, much loved by last titled lady owner, included is an interesting article on this special edition (in French), owner’s handbook and good history file. Guide price: Reduced to £4,250 suitable for printing Mobile: 07711 509600 Email: mark@pioneer-automobiles.co.uk Phone: 01635 248158 Viewing: By appointment only Copyright ©2017 Pioneer Autos Ltd

    • Year: 1982
    For sale
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  • Citroën D Super 5

    €35,000(£0) €35,000(£0)

    The Citroën DS is probably one of the greatest automotive designs of the twentieth century. Conceived in the early fifties, it still looks remarkably futuristic. It offers a very comfortable ride because of its revolutionary hydraulic suspension, and a luxury interior with proper sofas in the front and rear. There are many DSes on the market, but finding one in this magnificent original condition is very rare. Apart from a repaint in its original colour "Beige Albatros", this car is still in completely unrestored condition. The interior is exactly as it left the factory, and the underside is never welded or repaired. The doors shut with a proper clunk as only original cars can do. The suspension goes to the required level within seconds, and the car floats over the road like a flying carpet. Even now in 2017, driving a DS is an unbelievable experience. This unique example comes with a good documentation file including many invoices and the original brochure, manuals and servicebook. If you are looking for one of the best and most honest Citroën DS available, you should definitely have a look at this unrestored and immaculate example. A short testdrive will only confirm that this is

    • Year: 1971
    • Mileage: 42268 mi
    For sale
    €35,000(£0) €35,000(£0)