CITROËN CX

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - The Best 1976 Buys -

When a car’s de­sign tran­scends mere pop­u­lar­ity to be­come a world­wide icon, it’s prob­a­bly wise to re­tain one of its stylists for its re­place­ment. Hence, when Citroën fi­nally called time on the Flaminio Ber­tonidesigned DS, it left the job of de­sign­ing its CX suc­ces­sor to the man who penned the DS’s strik­ing facelift – Robert Opron.

The re­sul­tant shark-like car pushed the aero­dy­namic en­ve­lope and bris­tled with in­trigu­ing de­sign fea­tures such as re­volv­ing drum in­stru­ments, a self-clean­ing con­cave rear win­dow and – of course – Citroën’s le­gendary hy­drop­neu­matic sus­pen­sion.

All are ut­terly be­guil­ing to drive and de­liver the sort of cos­set­ting ride that pe­riod ri­vals could only dream of. They’re spa­cious too – the long wheel­base Pres­tige and vast Sa­fari es­tate par­tic­u­larly so – and any­one look­ing for some get-up-and-go to go with their sit-back-and-re­lax can get their kicks from the storm­ing 136bhp GTi. Small won­der the CX was named Euro­pean Car of the Year in 1975.

WHAT TO PAY CONCOURS £6000 EX­CEL­LENT £4500 US­ABLE £2250 PROJECT £800

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