SOTW: CITROEN BX GTI 8V
205 and 309 GTIs out of reach? Your French hot hatch is the BX!
The Citroen BX GTI is another Gallic hatchback which, despite its fabled handling traits, has rather descended into the depths of obscurity in the 21st century. Even more so than the 309, it would appear, given the great condition of this car and the measly £795 asking price.
A lot of the Citroen quirkiness was filtered out of the facelifted BX, introduced in 1986. This means all BX GTIs (launched soon after the facelift) lack the digital strip revcounter and satellite controls pods that characterised the early cars, but worry not; the single-spoke steering wheel and hydro-pneumatic suspension remained, allowing serenely smooth progress to be made however many of the 130hp you're using.
Like last week's Lancia Thema, a BX GTI 8v is far from common; howmanyleft.co.uk says just 26 remain on British roads, many having succumbed to rust. Interestingly, the same number of the later 160hp 16v GTIs remain. Surely such a unique and characterful car deserves to be saved?
For the price of a sofa, you won't find a much more interesting or more underrated hot hatch. Even a 309 GTI isn't this cheap yet!
Original advert is reproduced below:
This is a fantastic condition classic which has had £600 spent on it last month. Full service with cam belt and water pump change, suspension checkup by Chevronic. Also new front exhaust pipe and really good tyres as well. It has electric windows f/r, sunroof, power steering, 6 speaker cd/radio, central locking, rear blind, tow bar/electrics.The interior is first class with the addition of sports seats.Great comfort and handling. Cash on collection for this bargain.