Periodically I look around for an interesting car I might want to see in the metal. As is usually the case they are never within easy reach of my front door. This one, a grey and sad CX is in Copenhagen.
With every passing year Citroen made the CX less and less desirable. Some of it was not their fault. The world began its turn against colour in the middle 1980s. By 1986 most CXs came in dispiriting shades of grey. This one has rumpled and worn nylon upholstery and cruelly dull pale grey plastic everywhere. The forms are less pleasant the the first series cars and the quality of the plastic markedly inferior. Even if this car was in good condition, it would still be a whole mass of drear.
What does the owner say about this?
“Citroen CX 2.2 TRS, automatic estate care, four doors (five actually), 1986. It is a CX 25 estate with an automatic gearbox. It was imported from France a few years ago. It has only driven 176,000 kilometres and had motor certification in 2014. It’s not perfect but it drives wonderfully, starts every time and definitely has the potential to be restored to a high grade. It has a few dents and 2 deep scratches on the paint of the rear door but has a new alternator and front brake pipes. It is a youngtimer which is appreciating in value now.”
I don’t get that. The first line says it’s a 2.2 and the next line says its a CX 25 estate. The idea that the car has the potential to be restored to a high grade is intriguing. The more potential it has the more work is involved, I would say. Actually, regardless of how much it is restored it will always have sad grey plastic and grimly sagging upholstery. Really, you’d need to spend €2000 on getting entirely new and decent cloth fitted to this and to hell with originality. Also, it’s an estate. And the little covers on the centre console will always be frail and prone to falling off. On the plus side, it is remarkably cheap for a semi-interesting old car, just 26,000 kr or €3400.
On the downside, this much more lovely 1979 GTi (below) is only €1600 and has few km on the clock. And it has the ball-shaped ashtray and brown velour.
No. The car for sale above is awful.
Image source for slideshow: here.