This is a unique opportunity to acquire a very special vehicle. Finished in the very rare and highly desirable combination of Mauritius Blue paintwork with biscuit (cream) leather interior, this top specification XM has only one owner from new – suspension guru Dr. Alex Moulton, inventor of Hydrolastic and Hydragas suspensions used on BMC/Rover/MG cars from 1962 until 2002.
This XM, as with all UK models, has the oleo-pneumatic Hydractive 3 suspension system and was much prized by Dr. Moulton for its outstanding ride and comfort (much superior, in his opinion, to the Citroën C6).
Purchased from Broad’s of Chalfont in August 1998, this car has a full Citroën Main Dealer (Islington in Trowbridge) service history up to 64,000 miles/2006. The 64,000 mile service included an LHM and coolant change. As is to be expected, spheres have been changed regularly. It is now at 70,000 miles and Islington Citroen have just replaced the cambelts and the water pump.
The interior is clean and condition reflects the low mileage. As is common, the cover over the immobiliser keypad is broken. The catch on the back of the centre armrest has a glued repair. The electric adjustment of the armrest still functions, as do the notorious dashboard LCD displays.
The Exclusive specification includes heated seats front and rear, electric sunroof and air-conditioning (climate control – all functions work on the panel but the air-con itself has not been tested recently). There is a CD changer installed under the front passenger seat.
The combination of the 3 litre 24 valve V6 engine and four speed ‘auto-adaptive’ gearbox results in a very smooth, quiet drive – much more refined than a diesel – and, despite its performance, it is surprisingly economical with 30mpg being possible on a run. Big, smooth, petrol engines like this have now been taxed out of existence, but this car falls within the old ‘standard’ VED bracket (2009/10 is £190).
The tyres are Michelins – three Pilot Primacys and one Energy. As can be seen below, there is a scuff on the bumper (n/s/f) and also a small dent in that wing (no paintwork damage). The rear legroom in the XM is exemplary – Dr. Moulton was often driven in this car by his professional driver. The cream leather makes the interior much brighter than most XMs.
This car is fitted with a (genuine Citroen) tow-bar and electrics, which has apparently been used once to tow a classic Mini.
This is, of course, not a new car. It would benefit from some tlc from an enthusiast and, most of all, some use. The history file is extensive and this car has only been serviced and maintained by Citroen dealers. MoT runs until 8 December 2010.
The asking price is £4000. Please contact Dan Farrell at Moulton Bicycles if you are interested, require further information or would like to view the car. Telephone +44 (0)7825 772809 or, better still, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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