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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. 


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 - AX GTI - 1992

    €3,500 - €4,550 est. (£3,028.20 - £3,936.66 est.) €3,500 - €4,550 est. (£3,028.20 - £3,936.66 est.)
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    Auction Date: 01 Jan 1970
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    £475 £475

    CITROEN XSARA PICASSO SX 2001 Silver, Mot Oct 2017 - No advisories, very reliable, Electric windows / mirrors, remote central locking, CD,  £475 ono. Tel. 07707371628

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    €29,500(£25,523.40) €29,500(£25,523.40)

    WITH A FIVA PASSPORT ON THE NAME OF MR. GATSONIDES Brand Citroen Type ID Color Bronze Interior Other Year of build 1959 Price € 29.500,- 1957 CITROEN ID 19 MAUS GATSONIDES With a FIVA passport on the name of Mr. Gatsonides Complete with the scale models of the car, pictures and history from the past The DS 19 is technically unsurpassed, completely inimitable, has a great back story Sixty years after its introduction at the Paris Auto Show, the futuristic, perfectly Gallic Citroën DS 19 (D series from 1955-75) retains the ability to wow, an atom bomb of style from a time when atom bombs were kind of cool. The DS was the most technically gifted automobile of its time and the most quintessentially modern, in that it scorned all that was familiar in prewar design—big, exposed wheels, low roofs, strong shoulders and commanding chrome grilles—in favor of something utterly new. Sculptor and designer Flaminio Bertoni and aviation engineer Andre Lefebvre had been working on the design at Citroën even before World War II, but the DS was a pure product of the moment. While many cars evoked aeronautic forms, the Rocket Age wonderments of GM or Ghia-bodied Chryslerd, the DS is the only car that

    • Year: 1959
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    Brand Citroen Type SM Color Blue Interior Tan Year of build 1973 Price € 67.500 1973 CITROEN SM This nice Citroen has just arrived and more information will be online soon. In the meantime if you would like more information please do not hesitate to contact us. MORE INFORMATION For more information or an appointment, please call Rutger Houtkamp+31625098150 or send an e-mail to Rutger@Houtkamp.nl . Please do not hesitate to contact us by phone during evenings or in the weekend. The Houtkamp Collection is centrally located near Amsterdam and only 10 minutes from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Please contact us directly or fill in the form to receive more information on this specific car Your Name (required) Your Email (required) Your phone number Subject Your Message The information provided on this website has been compiled by The Houtkamp Collection with the utmost care. The information contained within this advert is provided ‘as-is’, without warranties as to its accuracy whether expressed or implied and is intended for informational purposes only. The Houtkamp Collection is not liable for any errors or mistakes.

    • Year: 1973
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  • Citroen C3

    £595 £595

    -Mot until October -front air bags  -electric mirrors  -electric windows  -2 keys -new battery  Drive well, inside clean, economic car, in good conditions. Ioana 07496228702

    • Mileage: 101791 mi
    • Engine size: 1360
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  • Citroën DS Familiale Break 1970

    €19,950(£17,260.74) €19,950(£17,260.74)

    SOLD / VERKAUFT / VENDU / VERKOCHT Citroen DS Familiale Break 1970 The family version of the DS was appropriately mentioned Familiale. This DS was delivered in 1970 and was provided with red paint. The Citroen is a good driver’s car and has been very well maintained. Recently the steering gear housing was replaced. The original 2175CC engine delivers 103 HP and drives great. The very comfortable interior has fully new leather upholstery including the door panels. The Familiale seats up to 7 peaople thanks to the third seat. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1970
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  • 1934 Citroen 10 Rosalie

    £12,995 £12,995

    This incredibly rare Slough built RHD Citroen 10 Rosalie was first registered on the 1st September 1934 and still retains its original registration mark and brown ‘buff’ logbook dating back to 1948. From 1948 to 1965 the Rosalie was with one owner in Bournemouth, changing hands locally. The car sold again in 1967, staying in Bournemouth for another 11 years, leaving for Windsor in 1978 having spent 30 years in the same South Coast town. The old style log book confirms the car has always been the same colour combination and it is accompanied by an extensive history file that includes an MOT certificate dating back to 1965. BKL 104 was purchased by the last owner in 1988 and has been subject of some fairly major restoration work over the past 29 years. The body was completely removed from the chassis, the chassis was then painted and the body stripped to bare metal and re-painted. A new fabric roof insert was fitted, the interior re-trimmed with leather upholstery, new door cards, carpets and fur-flexes. The engine was de-coked, instruments overhauled, the petrol tank re-furbished, carburettor serviced, brakes overhauled with new cables fitted, the car re-wired and various new parts

    • Year: 1934
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  • Citroen DS Sedan 1971


    *** THIS CAR HAS BEEN SOLD *** Please contact us if you were interested in this car. Our inventory is constantly changing and we will have similar examples of this model becoming available soon. ----------------------------- Citroën DS, 2.0 1971 in good condition The DS is a famous model of the French brand Citroën. Presented on 6 october 1955 and was a hit immediately. In French he got the name ‘Déesse’ which means ‘godess’. This DS is from 1971. Both the body and interior are in a good and well maintained condition. The car has the 1985 CC 4 cyl 90 HP engine and semi-automatic gearbox. Drives great. So a very beautiful Citroën DS ready for lots of drivingfun. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1971
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  • Citroen 2CV AK400 1975


    *** THIS CAR HAS BEEN SOLD *** Please contact us if you were interested in this car. Our inventory is constantly changing and we will have similar examples of this model becoming available soon. ----------------------------- Citroën 2 CV AK 400 1975, promotion car in good condition 1975 Citroën 2 CV AK400 with the closed cargo body. The 2CV (Deux Chevaux) AK400 is delivery van from the french Citroën. The cargo load was 400Kg and therefor this was the largest and heaviest version at that time. The car has blue paint and blue/grey interior and is in a neat and good driving condition. The car has a 602CC 2 Cyl 31 HP engine and a 4-speed manual gearbox. A really nice and outstanding car, perfect as promotion car. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1975
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  • Citroen Mehari Cabriolet 1975


    Citroën Mehari 1975 Montana green, body off restored This is a 1975 Citroën Mehari. Recently body off restored to the original specifications. No money was saved to make the car as good as new. Driven 0 km after restoration. The car has paint in the original Mehari colour Montana green, a black interior and a black cabrio top. The car has a 602 CC, 2 cyl, 33 hp engine and a 4 speed manual gearbox. Obviously, the engine and gearbox are fully revised during restoration. So a very beautiful Citroën Mehari, as new, ready for lots of driving fun. Car has Belgian title and mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1975
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  • Citroen Mehari Cabriolet 1985


    SOLD/VERKAUFT/VENDU/VERKOCHT Citroën Mehari 1985, Azur, body off restored, as new As new, this 1985 Citroën Mehari. Recently fully body off restored and is as new. This Mehari is the 4 seat Azur edition, recognizable by the white with blue paint and the blue cabrio top. The car has the 602 CC, 33 HP engine and manual gearbox. Both are fully revised recently. Drives as new. Very rare, such a marvelous restored Mehari. So, when you are looking for a Mehari in topcondition, this one is a good choice. Car has Belgian title and mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1985
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  • Citroen Mehari Cabriolet 1976

    €19,950(£17,260.74) €19,950(£17,260.74)

    Citroën Mehari 1976 original 11.000kms, 1 owner in very good condition The Citroën Mehari was built between 1968 and 1988. The car had the chassis of the Dyane 6 and engine of the 2CV. This is a 1976 Citroën Mehari from the first owner. The car has driven only 11.000kms. The paint is in colour Tibesti green with a black interior. The paint, interior and technics are in very good condition. The car has the original 602 CC 2cyl 33 HP engine and 4 speed manual gearbox. A really very nice car, ready to drive. Car has Italian title and document importduties for every EU country are paid by us. Documentation is complete for registration in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importduties. We can help with transport. Trading in, buying and consignment possible.

    • Year: 1976
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  • Citroen Mehari Cabriolet 1974

    €24,950(£21,586.74) €24,950(£21,586.74)

    Citroën Mehari 1974 restored in very good condition A really beautiful restored 1974 Citroën Mehari, with a fully revised 602 cc, 2 cyl, 33 HP engine. The paint is in the marvelous colour Beige Kalahari with beige interior, a wonderful combination.This is the most popular 4 seat version. This car will bring a smile on your face, every time you drive to the beach or the woods. Car has European title and mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1974
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  • Citroen B14 F Torpedo 1927

    €24,950(£21,586.74) €24,950(£21,586.74)

    Citroën B14 F Torpedo 1927 in fabulous condition The Citroën B14 was presented at the Salon in october 1926 as successor of the B12. The chassis had a lower weight than his predecessor and the engine was improved. The car has a 1538 CC, 22 HP, 4 in line engine and 3 speed gearbox. This is a roadster, recognizable by the 4 doors and folding top. 10 Years ago, this car was fully restored and is in excellent condition. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1927
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  • Citroen HY 78 Camper 1973


    SOLD/VERKAUFT/VENDU/VERKOCHT Citroën HY78 Camper 1973, blue, in good condition The HY is a van from Citoën, built between 1947 and 1982. This is an original 1973 Dutch Citroën HY78. The van is completely carried out as Camper. Both the in- and outside are in a beautiful and well maintained condition, a lot of invoices are present. Technics are fully checked in our workshop and in very good condition. He also has a fixed tent top, tent at the front and a trailer for extra luggage. This HY Camper is ready for use. Eventually he can be rebuild as Food Truck. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1973
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  • Citroën Traction Avant 11CV 1953


    SOLD / VERKAUFT / VENDU / VERKOCHT Citroen Traction Avant 11CV 1953 burgundy red in good condition This originally Dutch Citroën Traction Avant 11CV was delivered in 1953. The car has burgundy red paint and a grey cloth interior. Both the in- and outside are in a good and beautiful condition. In the front there is the 1911 CC, 4 cyl engine with 4 speed manual gearbox. This Traction Avant is very comfortable and drives great. In combination with the 4 doors it is a perfect classic car for the whole family. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1953
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  • Citroen Mehari

    £18,495 £18,495

    *SIMILAR QUALITY CARS ALWAYS REQUIRED* SOLD Thinking of selling? Our proven commission sale or SOR (Sale or Return) program is a great way to utilise and access our professional services and facilities while still maximising the return from your vehicle with minimal hassle, stress and time, If you’d like to take advantage of this then please get in touch for further information. Alternatively If you’d like to move your vehicle on quickly and efficiently with minimal delay then we can make an offer on an outright purchase basis with payment and collection arranged soon after. 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
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  • Citroen Traction 7C


    £18750 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 v

    • Year: 1939
    • Mileage: 9344 mi
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  • Citroen Mehari

    €12,500(£10,815) €12,500(£10,815)

    This Citroën Mehari Azur is a limited edition proposed for the 1983 model year. The biggest difference between the Azur and the regular Méhari was that the plastic body was finished in white while the doors, the B-pillar, the grille and the headlight bezels were painted in dark blue. To further set it apart from more run-of-the-mill Méharis, Azur emblems were found on the tailgate and below the windshield, and dark blue stripes ran up both sides of the hood. The finishing touch was a set of white 15-inch steel wheels with ten oval holes. On the inside, the seats featured a specific white and dark blue upholstery. The Azur could be ordered as either a two- or a four-seater. The Méhari Azur was only sold in France, Italy and Portugal. The 700 examples of the Méhari Azur sold out so quickly that Citroën decided to add the car to its catalog as a regular production model in 1986. The model was produced until 1987, when production of the Méhari stopped. This Azur four-seater was imported from Portugal in 2001 and remained by the first Dutch owner for 15 years. More information on: www.kucarfa.nl

    • Year: 1983
    • Mileage: 93000 mi
    • Engine size: 0.6
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  • Citroen CX

    €9,900(£8,565.48) €9,900(£8,565.48)

    This CX 20 RE from 1987 comes from the South of France. He was new delivered by the Citroën dealer Ets Marlaud from Albi. In 2004, this Berline was imported to the Netherlands. With 77.000 km this CX is still in a great original condition. Car has Holland title. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any import taxes. We can help with transport. To view this car and others, please visit the website at kucarfa.nl

    • Year: 1987
    • Mileage: 77000 mi
    • Engine size: 2
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