This was a timely development. Up to that point the big British car manufacturers had been quite happy to serve up bleakly-specced and overpriced mainstream porridge to a captive market. Their turgid tat was begging for en-jazzing. A magazine pointing the way to a vibrant aftermarket that aimed to provide such enjazzment was okey-dokey as far as the industry was concerned. After all, it wasn't costing them anything, and some of the machines the kids were creating made small-engined Astras and Fiestas and the like look almost exciting.
The plan was simple. If the C2 was cool enough to start with, customers wouldn't be inclined to waste their money messing about with it, and Citroen could charge extra for that 'works' custom look.
One theory goes that the C2's designer, the brilliantly-named Donato Coco (D Coco, for those who remember the days before self-cleaning engines) took a look at the cars that were coming out of Audi - specifically, the TT and the A2 - and aped their prominent-wheelarch look, drawing a bonnet that followed the arch line to create a 'strong' look, and bunging in non-flowing rear side windows to add extra bonkers value for the youth.
Unfortunately the C2 didn't sell well, not just because creative young motorists didn't like being told what to buy by The Man, but also because the car was lumbered with rubbishy interior materials, hopelessly 'advanced' (ie unreliable) electronics, even worse SensoDrive automatic transmissions, and handling that made you wonder where the chassis engineers responsible for the AX GT had disappeared to.
Citroen gave up on the C2 in 2010, which coincidentally (or not) was just one year after Max Power folded. The industry had worked out how to kill the profit-stealing styling aftermarket by making cars that were hard to modify (or even service). There was no place for cars that looked quick but weren't really.
All of which could be said to give this C2 some interesting curio value. The MOT is long and the history is fairly scare-free, although the phrase 'coolant leak' appears as an advisory. That could be something as simple as a punctured hose. Looking at it more charitably, surely we're all allowed a bit of coolant leak at this time of year?
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Serviced at 93k
3 New tyres
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