Wednesday, June 26, 2013

10k: Alsace Chainsaw Massacre: 1985 Citroën CX Prestige

The CX was the last Citroën designed by the small company that was once Europe's largest automobile manufacturer many years before it was taken over by Peugeot.  The CX used Citroën's bizarre hydro-pneumatic self leveling suspension system and a transverse mounted inline-4 powering the front wheels.  Citroën sold over 1.2 million of the front drive sedan/wagon/fastbacks between 1974 and 1991 but never officially in the USA.  Find this 1985 Citroën CX Prestige for sale in Orange County, CA for $7900 via craigslist.  Tip from Nicholas B who writes: If they ever decide to remake Texas Chainsaw Massacre with french car parts instead of body parts, I think this shed would have a starring role.

The Prestige model was in fact a long wheelbase version of the CX that added 10 inches to the length (by using parts from the Safari/Familiale estate) and raising the roof for rear occupant headroom.  The resulting car is certainly unique looking and the rear fender cover will somewhat mask the regular hydraulic suspension failures as people will ask the question "is it supposed to ride like that in the back?" with some frequency.

We normally show an underhood picture, but for this feature we will just post this picture of a full rack of spare parts as the warning to potential owners.  Spare parts and donor cars will become a way of life as a CX owner.

In classic Citroën fashion the interior looks like an alternative future written by people in the 1950s.  This kind of cockpit belongs in a winged blimp flying above some polluted megapolis.

If you want to stick out from the crowd, don't the latest fad car, pickup a classic CX and you will be the only one on the block.  Trust us, your neighbors who always lease the latest offering from Audi will have no idea what this is, but will probably assume it is from the future.

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  1. I know the owner and the car. This is a pretty decent example. Owner spent a lot of time getting it to this point. The shed of parts you refer to is a collection of cut-up cars purchased as a business catering to CX owners. I also don't get what you mean by "regular suspension failures". 60 years on the hydraulics have proven themselves time and again.

    Absolutely, these aren't for everyone, particularly in the US. You will have to actually maintain it. It helps to have a working knowledge of French swear words, the factory manual, and a pack of Galuises to suck on as you are contemplating which wrench to throw next.

    Maybe i'm being too sensitive. I just sold my CX Prestige not long ago. Personal circumstances forced the sale, not something I wanted to do.

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