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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 Saxo

    £2,795 £2,795

    FOR SALE A sensational unmodified Citroen Saxo VTS with amazing history. EQUIPMENT Sports styling with painted bumper skirts and wheel arch extensions, body colour door housing mirrors and handles, rear spoiler, tinted glass, front fog lights, driver and passenger airbag, alarm, remote central locking, electric and heated door mirrors, slide/tilt sunroof, electric windows, white dials, oil and water temperature gauge, oil level gauge, white instrument dials, split folding rear seats, RDS radio with single CD player. EXTERIOR With an assertive sporting look this range topping VTS hot hatch finished in Superlustre Quartz metallic paint, (Code EYCC), looks incredible. Pampered by father and son from new and completely standard the condition is remarkable. The headlamp and fog light lenses are crystal clear and even the supplying dealer number plates are fitted front and rear. The thin panels, (the unladen weight is only 935kg!), have escaped car park dings and only a discreet touch up to the rear bumper is worthy of a mention. Unique 16v badging and the S inscription in yellow inform the knowledgeable this is the fastest most sought after Saxo and the hardest to find in factory standard specification. INTERIOR A fabulous testament to the care bestowed on this cherished car is the excellent condition of the fragile interior. The Crescendo velour upholstery only fitted to the VTS model is virtually unmarked along with the door inserts. All carpeting is spotlessly clean as is the headlining and undamaged plastic trim. Full instrumentation including the VTS only oil temperature gauge on white dials remind the driver of the sporting credentials. The boot area is clean with only light marks to the entry metal lip. Stonking fun! ENGINE & TRANSMISSION The rev happy four cylinder 1.6 16 valve engine develops 120 BHP at 6000rpm to achieve a top speed of 127mph and 0-62mph in 7.7 seconds. Fastidious servicing has ensured superb mechanical performance to enable the next owner to simply enjoy the thrill this car has to offer with piece of mind. The very clean engine bay remains exactly as intended and displays factory stickers, plates and panel stampings. The five speed manual transmission offers light and direct changes with a sporty feel. WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES The factory fitted 15” alloy wheels remain in excellent condition with only faint markings. Uniroyal RainSport 3 195/45 R15 tyres are fitted to all four corners with excellent tread remaining. The ABS braking system is servo assisted with discs all round and ventilated upfront to provide safe assured stopping. HISTORY FILE Supplied new on the 1st March 2000 by Citroen Main Dealers, Prestige Garage Ltd of Coventry, this original example has only had two owners from new, Mr Peter Batchelor until 2007 followed by his middle aged son Mr Perry Batchelor. Both father and son have meticulously cared for this car with a full Citroen Dealer history until 2010 followed by trusted specialist servicing annually, without fail. The last service was in February 2017 and every invoice, MOT certificate and itemised expenditure document is included in the comprehensive and full history file. All handbooks, spare keys and dealer literature is included. Items neatly filed also include the important Citroen security card and from point of purchase the new car sales brochure and Dealer staff business cards. A true modern classic and very difficult to find in such a splendid unmodified form with such documented provenance. MOT February 2018, HPI Clear. To see a video of this car please copy the link below: https://youtu.be/E2-XHAeHimU To see a complete set of photographs of this car please copy the link below: https://flic.kr/s/aHskZFkD7e '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: 1989
    • Mileage: 102182 mi
    • Engine size: 1.6
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  • Citroen Mehari 1984

    £2,350 £2,350

    URGENT!!!I put on sale my Citroën Méhari for reasons of travel.Features include:Tires: new, Make: Citroën, Model: Méhari, Version: Azur, Fuel: Gas, Month of registion: JulyYear of registion: 1984, Mileage: 65000 km, Power: 32 cv, Displacement: 602 cm3, Color: White, 2nd key: Yes, Clic: Yes You can contact me by email if you are in need.Thank you

    • Mileage: 65000 mi
    • Engine size: 602
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  • Citroen DS Sedan 1971

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    *** 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

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    *** 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

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    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

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    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 1974

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    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
    For sale
  • Citroen BX

    £2,195 £2,195

    Excellent Condition Genuine Mileage. Mot Expired 9th Oct 2013 after which SORN No offers . 2 Owners. SILVER.

    • Year: 1990
    • Mileage: 36264 mi
    • Engine size: 1.6
    For sale
    Paul Diamond
  • 1971 Citroen SM EFI – Image 33

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    • Year: 1971
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  • 1971 Citroen SM EFI – Image 21

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    • Year: 1971
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    • Year: 1971
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    • Year: 1971
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    • Year: 1971
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  • 1971 Citroen SM EFI – Image 9

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    • Year: 1971
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    • Year: 1971
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  • 1971 Citroen SM EFI – Image 98

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    • Year: 1971
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    • Year: 1971
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    • Year: 1971
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