SOTW: Citroen CX Croisette

The recent news that Citroen only managed to sell four Citroen C6es in the UK last yearhas inspired a very Gallic Shed this week.

In recent years Citroen may have become better known for irritating balloon-shaped MPVs named after a certain famous artist (although the C3 Picasso, at least, does look like a cubist drawing of a car). But its continued production of the sleek and futuristic C6 reminds us that the Double Chevron badge was once a committed producer of wonderfully quirky, wafty cars.

So for today's SOTW, as a tribute to Citroen's apparent commitment to quirkiness, however few cars that actually sells, we've picked out what many consider to be one of the last appealingly odd Citroens. It's a CX, the last model to be created by the company before Peugeot took over in 1976 - and the one whose swoopy fastback lines the C6 proudly echoes.

It's also a rare Shed. We've featured a CX before, but you won't see us doing it all that often, as the ever-inaccurate but at least vaguely representative How Many Left website suggests that there are probably only around 100 CXes left running on Blighty's roads, despite almost 1.2 million examples being built between 1974 and 1991.

This particular car, a 1989 'Croisette' special edition, is powered by a 2.2-litre Douvrin straight four, which the vendor describes as famously reliable and economical. We're not sure the former adjective could ever be applied to a 105,000-mile, 23-year-old Citroen, but the seller does also make the reasonable point that this is a carburettor-driven motor, so there is no electronic fuel injection or associated electronics to 'spoil the fun' as he puts it.

And what with an MOT that'll last until this August (though you will have to put your own tax on it) this could be a fine way to float stylishly around the place. And if you do break down, you can pop your Ray Bans on, hang a Gauloise from your lower lip and glare insouciantly at the passing traffic, safe in the knowledge that, until the AA van shows up, you'll look super-cool.

Advert is reproduced below

1989 Citroen CX Croisette For Sale

I am offering up my 1989 Citroen CX Croisette for sale.
The Croisette was the only special edition series 2 CX sold in the UK. As such it is based on the 22 TRS version of the CX saloon.

The 2.2 petrol engine used in this car is one of the very reliable and economical Douvrin engines developed in partnership with Renault and Volvo. The performance from the 2.2 engine is more than adequate for a car of this size, and having a carburetor there is no Electronic Fuel Injection and associated electronics to spoil the fun.

This car has covered 105K miles and was registered new in Northern Ireland on 31/01/1989 and supplied by Shaws of Bangor.

During the past summer I have done some recommissioning work to the car after a period of time in storage. The car passed its MOT on 09/08/11. Car can be taxed at buyers expense if requested.

On the whole this is a very presentable CX which has no sunroof, as many CX enthusiasts will know is a major plus point.

Also included in the sale is a set of CX GTi imperial 14" alloy rims in need of refurbishment.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further information or photographs.

Please note that this car is in Northern Ireland.

I can assist with delivery of this car to any part of the UK or Ireland.

P.H. O'meter

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  • nicknoo 17 Feb 2012

    Gorbyrev said:
    Great shed - non - cancelling indicators, self centering steering wheel and, all of you south of the border, I am pretty sure that once the hydropneumatic suspension is lowered right down, you can't wheelclamp a CX or for that matter a BX. Funny how folks sweat it out about the suspension but the spheres are relatively cheap and it all works a treat. The electrics or rust are much more likely to get you. Has there ever been another car with such radical track difference from front to back - except maybe a DS? Thanks Riggers!
    Citroen SM had a huge track difference front to rear.

  • carmental 01 Feb 2012

    My Dad had one of these, the exact same.smilesmilesmile

  • CGAT 31 Jan 2012

    Mines a Miakonics car smile or was, it's progressed a little since then and back down again regards power

    1986 series 2 Citroen CX GTI Turbo (1996 Maikonics conversion)
    Maikonics were at the time Thee CX tuners offering various stages of tuning.
    This car had most things from the catalogue.
    Below is how it is today including a rebuild of the tired engine in 2007
    2500 cc
    M25 662 Citroen OE engine
    Balanced bottom end
    very lightened t2 flywheel
    Forged JE pistons and Total seal piston rings
    Re profiled standard cam replacing the wild Maikonics version
    Gas flowed and ported head reshaped valves
    Remote oil filter and 19 row oil cooler
    Maikonics flywheel with new Helix clutch
    8 injector twin airflow meter fuelling
    reworked throttle body
    Twin green cone air filters
    Bosch 044 fuel pumps
    FSE Bullet fuel filters
    Aeromotive fuel pressure regulator
    Atech Stainless fuel hose and alloy fittings
    RS500 intercooler
    T/4 hybrid Garret turbo (Universal Turbo)
    HKS SSQV bov
    Samco hoses air and water
    Powerflow Stainless exhaust
    MSD 6212 ignition, coil and leads (has launch control )
    NGK B9HV plugs
    Citroen CX Diesel T2 gearbox this was brand new in 2000
    Rose jointed gear selectors
    Dotz hanzo 17 inch wheels Z rated 235 40 17 tyres (new 2008)
    The suspension has up rated spheres fitted to stiffen the car up
    The bodywork had a bare metal paint job in 2000 using Du Pont chromalusion paint.
    Direct port Wizard of Nos nitrous system.
    Probably some other stuff I’ve forgotten.
    but it does go rather well for and old Citroen

  • Wild Rumpus 31 Jan 2012

    Black S2K said:
    That'd be the centre-point steering geometry, zero camber, zero caster suspension and DIRAVI steering.

    Unfortunately, Citroen today has forgotten everything it once knew.
    Yep, Maikonics own car had up to a claimed 450bhp and was still very driveable.

  • Knightmorph 31 Jan 2012

    Think about the rarity of the latest Citroen C6....there are currently 9 Ferrari F40's and 30 Carrera GT's for sale on PH classified....but only 5 citroen C6's.....of course that statistic is very different if you visit a French car portal where there are tons of C6's.....but still it appears a Citroen C6 is more rare than a 1980's super car!!!!

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