2) WIDELY-USED WING MIR­RORS

Classics Monthly - - Interchangeable parts -

This bit of parts-bin trivia is quite well known: The Citroën CX and its wing mir­rors. As one of the first road cars to be de­signed from scratch on aero­dy­namic lines (the ini­tials CX are the French ab­bre­vi­a­tion for drag co­ef­fi­cient) the big ’70s Citroën was also one of the first cars to fea­ture wing mir­rors that weren’t just flat me­tal plates on stalks bolted where re­quired, but in­stead built into stream­lined plas­tic fair­ings. This com­bi­na­tion of high tech­nol­ogy, mod­ern looks and mass avail­abil­ity made the mir­rors fit­ted to the Series 2 CX a pop­u­lar choice for pil­fer­ing by a wide range of other man­u­fac­tur­ers. The Lo­tus Es­prit was one of the most prom­i­nent users, but TVR used them on the Tam­sin, the Grif­fith and the Chi­maera. They also found their way onto the Jaguar XJ220 su­per­car, which was briefly the fastest and most ex­pen­sive car in the world. Un­for­tu­nately the days when Lo­tus and Jaguar own­ers could save a pretty penny by get­ting mir­rors from their lo­cal Citroën spe­cial­ist are pretty much over: Citroën CXs are rarer than most of the ‘low vol­ume’ cars which shared its mir­rors and the stock of new parts has grown scarce in re­cent years.

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