Thursday, January 30, 2020

The Jet Set Life: 1987 Citroen CX 25 Prestige

I hate to be the guy who pooh-poohs all the good ideas around here...but buying a 30 year old Citroen is sorta like buying a private jet.  Its not intrinsically a bad idea...its just that the consequences are less than desirable.  Sure, its nice to brag to your friends about your new toy, but maintenance is expensive, constant, and time consuming.  Plus, there is the danger associated with piloting one of these things, maintenance logs, FAA clearance, et cetera...all for something that is gonna spend more time perched on 3 wheels than zooming around taking you to exotic places.  Bottom line, you should only buy this car if it is an emotional impulse buy and you can afford it.  Find this 1987 Citroen CX 25 Prestige offered for $12500 in Palm Beach, FL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

From the seller:

1987 Citroen 25 cx prestige
condition: excellent
cylinders: 6 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 11000
paint color: black
size: full-size
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: sedan
1987 Citroen Cx 25 prestige 117k orig miles, always garage. Asking 12,500 or best offer 

 See a better way to drive a turbo II?


  1. The lines of that dashboard/console were kind of ahead of it's time...

  2. Six cylinders??

    If that is a GTi Turbo II engine and original to this car , this is a pretty special car.
    I wonder if it has a Citroen VIN number and title or if the VIN number and title is from Prestige motors who was importing and modifying these cars in the 80s

    if those headlights are off of a Pontiac and it has a self canceling turn signal I bet it’s a Prestige.

    1. I was thinking "Only Citroen would design a six cylinder intake manifold with four parallel runners like that!" The transverse engine over a transaxle looks surprisingly normal; I had been expecting to see an engine mounted entirely behind the front axle like a DS.

  3. Is that a DeLorean painted red in the background?

  4. Interesting French transverse front-engine limo with the pneumatic suspension. It certainly does not look like the description with that 4 cyl (2.4 l turbo FWD) and not RWD. If memory serves me right, in the 80's, the US import rules were very specific for head lights, and it has a US speedo.

  5. Seems like a lot when I'd want to switch out the wheels and headlights. The turbo and manual would make for a more relaxed cruiser. I have the NA 2.5l with the 3 speed auto and it's a little lethargic but oh so comfortable.

  6. Buy this car as a paperweight. Or as a work of art.

    Just sit, and look at the car.

    Because that's what you're going to do anyways, if you try to drive it.

    -Stan (the Francophile Stan...)


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