Mind you, it’s not as if I don’t have form…
Here are the latest three cars to join the ever-changing harem – and, as you can see, they are as British as a buttered croissant. But anyone who knows me will tell you that Citroëns are in my blood – and the fact that these CXs and this GS all came along at pretty much the same time didn’t stand in my way. I had to have them.
I guess it might be because I’m on the rebound. I really, really want a Citroën SM. For as long as I can remember, this is my absolute dream car. However, the reality is that they’ve always been tantalisingly out of my budget and, if I plumped for one now as an investment, it would be financial suicide. After all, who buys a car as an investment, and then would never sell it? Precisely…
Two Citroën CXs?
Yes! Anyway, the CXs have both come into my life as waifs and strays, but don’t think that this makes them any less loved. The one on the left came via Andrew Freeman, who sold me a Lancia Dedra back in 2009, and the silver one on the right came via fellow CXophile David Rutherford.
They’re both CX20 Pallas models, both mechanically healthy, and neither are concours. The gold one is on the button, and needs a little paint to be perfect, while the silver one needs a rear wing and an interior – and an MoT – but we live in hope. I’ll probably keep both and they will bankrupt me on the way – but not as quickly as the SM would have!
And a GS?
Yes! This one’s a beauty, and comes via committed Citroën collector Chris Salter. I’ve never owned a GS before, and I’m particularly excited by this one. It’s a great car that comes from a delightful period in automotive history when the major manufacturers were not afraid to innovate.
Consider that the GS has a flat-four engine, it’s air-cooled, front-wheel drive and has Hydropneumatic suspension – in a small car that was cheap to buy – and you’ll see what I mean. Citroën wasn’t alone, of course. In the early 1970s, it ended up battling the Alfa Romeo Alfasud, Fiat 128 and – of course – the Austin Allegro for honours in the small family car class.
All were technically interesting, diverse and, most importantly, innovative. Can you imagine that level of diversity in the family car market today? Of course not…
It will be interesting to see how things pan out for the GS. I need to pick it up from Chris in the next week or so, and will report back on how it goes, assuming you guys don’t mind hearing about it.
There is a link…
Don’t worry, AROnliners! These cars do have a vague link with the great British cars we know and love on this website. Cast your minds back to the 1967 and ’68 Aerodynamica concepts by Pininfarina.
Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...
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