Citroen CX25 GTI: Spotted

The drive to and from Le Mans always makes for a compelling supercar safari. This year's top spots included a Porsche Carrera GT, a Honda NSX-R and even a McLaren Senna (driven, it must be said, by a very senior McLaren employee). The days spent in Le Mans itself, though, are more remarkable for the French curio classics which, when not still being used as daily drivers, can often be found hidden down side streets or tucked away in underground car parks.

From well known cars of the people - 2CVs, first gen Twingos and the like - to more rarified machines like the Citroen SM and Peugeot 405 Mi16, there's a unique Gallic charm coupled with a certain lack of pretence that just makes them all so damn cool. And that's certainly the case with today's Spotted.

Earlier this year we reported on a collection of over 140 Citroen CXs offered for sale by a Dutch hoarder collector. This car is rather more expensive than any of his, but it also looks to be in significantly better condition too.

This Citroen CX25 GTI, then, has covered just 38,000 miles in its three decades, and looks like it too. The wheels, paintwork and even engine all appear to be in near pristine condition, although the upholstery could do with a little TLC. Its naturally-aspirated 2.5 litre motor may not be able to match the 170hp of the later Turbo variants, but 130hp and a 120mph top speed is nothing to be sniffed at.

Besides, you don't buy a CX GTI for speed. Going fast requires exertion, and French cars, much like French people, don't like to be seen trying too hard; they either accomplish things effortlessly, or not at all. What the CX accomplishes effortlessly is being just incredibly cool, whether it's going 100mph+ on an Autoroute or sitting by the kerb outside a cafe. Not because of its looks, not because of its performance, and not because of its price, but because of the way it goes about all of it.

It's the perfect antidote to brash American, flash Italian, uptight German, and slightly rubbish British modern-classics. It's easy to see how that chap in Holland ended up with so many, but for us just this one ought to be enough to sate the Francophile in us all.

2,500cc 4-cyl
Transmission: Auto, front-wheel-drive
Power (hp): 138@5,000rpm
Torque (lb ft): 156@4,000rpm
MPG: 25.4
CO2: N/A
First registered: 1987
Recorded mileage: 38,000
Price new: Circa £12k
Yours for: £13,440

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  • TooMany2cvs 19 Jun 2018

    Gawd, I miss my CXs... I had an 89 GTi Auto, that same colour, and put 70k on it in 3yrs running it as an opt-out from the inevitable E36 23mpg everywhere.

    That one's not quite as original as they make out - it's definitely had some paint (the upper boot lid should be semi-gloss black, not body colour, and the bumpers should be body-colour-ish), and the leather's been swapped in from a turbo, then modified with those garish cloth centre sections, which explains why the bolsters look knackered for the alleged mileage. Must have started off life in Italy, with the side repeaters there on the wings.

    And as for the price! Gotta love optimism. If it was a really bob-on turbo or Prestige LWB, then perhaps.

    <sigh> I need another CX.

  • MrHooky 19 Jun 2018

    Apart from the retro leather on the seats, that interior doesn't look as dated as I was expecting. Also love how big the bonnet/engine bay is that they can get a 2.5l engine, and a spare tyre in there...

    My mum's first car was an orangey red citroen GSA estate which was of similar ilk to this. Fond memories of being in the passenger seat, elbows dug in the back of the seat, so as I could peer over the dash as my dad used to rag the pants off it.

  • croyde 19 Jun 2018

    I had a CX2400 Pallas auto back in the 80s. Did many a intercontinental journey in it as well as across the UK.

    Mine rusted away sadly.

  • Faffmeister 19 Jun 2018

    Somewhat optimistic for an auto, non turbo 'enhanced' GTi as stated earlier in thread. But sooooooooo coool. I used to own a very tired CX Pallas (estate) many years ago in a dubious brown finish. Brilliant car. Currently have an SM which is truly left field, and one of the most comfortable cars I've ever travelled in.

    Currently up for reluctant sale....


  • Helicopter123 19 Jun 2018

    Epic, and so very French.

    I wish they would still make cars like this, rather than try and be all 'German'.

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