Marcello Gandini designed the BX and it appeared in 1982. The design resisted tinkering and looked freshly out of this world even towards its end in 1994.
Twelve years is a very long run for a car in the competitive middle-sized class and it’s a credit to the original engineering and styling that it still remained believable right up to the end. However, even Citroen had to face the realities of the market and succumbed to a succession of special editions to try and generate interest in their car.
One of the ways they did this was to increase the equipment levels and package them in a set of special editions, notable in some cases for having proper 3D badges made. Among them were the Calanque, Image, Ourane and this, the Millesime with its distinctive paint scheme and not-terrible spoiler. These versions tended to have A/C and ABS fitted as standard along with the limited-run paint schemes.
The 1988 Ourane has a rather fetching spoiler (the sagging bumper is less appealing). Unusually for the class of run-out and late-model special editions, these are quite good-looking cars which manage to be a little more than a paint scheme and a sun-roof combo. Other manufacturers such as Opel and Ford rarely raised special editions to this standard of not-quite a fully-fledged standard trim level.
The BX specials seem to be have been desirable in their own right, rather than merely cars bought because they were good value, if a little uncompetitive in other ways. The BX differed from the Sierra and Vectras in that despite their age, they still had unique styling and their proprietary suspension systems whereas the other cars, no matter how nice the trim, were still rather ordinary devices, good but ordinary.
A diesel Ourane can be yours for €1400 here.