Sunday, December 28, 2014

10k: Magic: 1986 Citroen CX Presitge

Every great automobile legacy consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called "The Pledge". The automaker shows you something ordinary: a sedan, a coupe or a fastback. He shows you a Citroen (Citroën!) Traction Avant 15 CV. Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But of course... it probably isn't. The second part is called "The Turn". The OEM takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Now you're looking for a Citroën DS, a hydropneumatic suspended piece of art. But you wouldn't clap yet. Because making something bizarre isn't enough; you have to do it again. That's why every auto legacy has a third act, the hardest part, the part Citroën calls "the CX Prestige".  Find this 1986 Citroën CX Presitge currently bidding here on eBay for $11,000 with 1 day to go. (Update, the seller has removed this listing, probably because it was not going to meet some hidden reserve or it was sold via a cash offer outside of the bidding process).

All joking aside, the CX Presitge is the long-wheelbase variant of the Citroën's CX model which was built from 1974 through 1991.  The Robert Opron design was the last real car from the French automaker before it was acquired by Peugeot.  Modern Citroëns may wear the double chevron badge, but they do not contain the incredibly complex engineering and unique styling that makes the older Citroëns cool. 

Power heads to the front wheels (traction avant, s'il vous plait!!) from a 2.5 liter inline-4 cylinder engine that is mounted transversely and entirely in front of the transmission/axles.  The engine puts out 136 horsepower and 152 ft-lbs of torque and is mated to a three-speed automatic transmission.

You've got to take a minute to soak in the awesome layout from the CX, which would not be complete with an out-of-this-world single spoke steering wheel. 

See a better way to celebrate the art nouveau movement without having to dress like a hippie?


  1. I had the pleasure to ride in and drive one of these in France in the 1980s (owned by a now defunct brother-in-law). The experience truly was magical. The ride seemed other-worldly, because although I could see the road imperfections approaching through the windshield, they would then pass unnoticed beneath the car. A complete absence of forward pitch under braking also was a revelation. Riding in the stretched back seat, with acres of legroom, one had a "let them eat cake" moment. Luxury and technology all wrapped up in an attractively polarizing package. Oh la la!

  2. Francis Ford Copala's ride of choice is a DS21 Presitge Palis (I guess I spelled that right). While it had divider glass between rider and driver, the wheel base was no longer than normal, as I recall. I saw it at Death Valley working a film location there back in '94. Check three box's at once: A black Citroen in Death Valley.

  3. What following BAT around again ?

    1. BAT covers DT cars just as often. For sites that both favor unusual cars I would put it down to coincidence.

    2. JB1025, it is not my intention to follow BAT, Jalopnik, Autoblog, Hooniverse or anyone else around, but occasionally there is some overlap (both ways). I feel I would do a disservice to DT's readers if I automatically excluded any BAT/Jalop/Hooniverse/Autoblog cars from feature because not all of DT's readers frequent those sites for a variety of reasons. I will, however, leave you with this image as food for thought!

    3. Nine times out of ten they're on here before BAT. Either their staff is watching this site or their readers are submitting the same cars.

  4. I think that BAT normally posts cars that were on DT first. I suspect some of their readership follow this site, but then submit over.

    I was following this one and one of the posters there made a cash offer, which he said was beat by a higher cash offer.

  5. Non, non, non. We do not want a shifter boot. We need a shifter double moustache! There is so much cool in this car
    Its like a concept vehicle that was released to the public by mistake when the boss was out of town.... But then you
    take it on a roadtrip...and break down in smalltownville... Ah gots sum bad news about your Hahdronewmayyytic suspension thingy....

  6. Compare this to a 1986 Jeep Grand Wagoner and things really start to get weird.


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