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