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Citroëns continue to do well at auction, but there are two stand out stars…
Great Citroën deals
If there was ever a car maker associated with its homeland, it would surely have to be Citroën. Look at photographs of French towns, villages and roads from the 1920s to the early 1990s, and there’s likely to be one featured somewhere.
In many ways that’s hardly surprising, because when it comes to milestone models, Citroën had come up with three by the mid-1950s – the Traction Avant, the 2CV and the DS.
But it wasn’t just homeland buyers who loved them – just about 20 miles away across the English Channel, British buyers loved them too, as did the company, which established an assembly plant in Slough.
Citroëns are auction regulars, from Rosalies through to Traction Avants, DSs, SMs and XMs, the latter – while the most recent – being one of the rarest to cross the block.
The oldest Citroën to sell at auction this year was a 1922 5CV Cloverleaf – offered by H&H, it sold for £6525. H&H’s first sale at the National Motorcycle Museum saw a very good order 1934 10 Rosalie off for just £3937, making it far better value than an Austin Seven or Morris Minor.
Later cars unsurprisingly constitute the largest portion of the Citroën offering – Classic Car Auctions’ last sale offered a 1986 2CV Charleston which geed-up punters bid to a healthy £7480, streets ahead of a 1985 2CV sold at Morris Leslie’s May sale for £1780. The start of the year – normally relatively quiet – saw Anglia Car Auctions drawing realistic sums from a 1982 Dyane (£2625), 1987 2CV (£1785) and a 1988 2CV (£5460.)
Traction Avant, DS and CX models remain popular with buyers. The multitude of Traction Avant models helps to broaden its appeal, but the DS and more exotic SM remain Kings of the Chateau when it comes to values.
The 1973 SM that Silverstone Auctions sold in February made
£32,200, then South West Vehicle Auctions upped the ante in March with a 1971 example selling for £45,360. The 1972 SM that Historics sold in April made £20,160.
Historics’ 1974 DS23 EFi Pallas made £30,240 and April’s ACA sale included a 1966 ID19 that sold for £5670.
All Citroëns, including later Visas, AXs and XMs have the endearingly leftfield characteristics of earlier models, and with so many enthusiasts following the crowd, that has to be welcomed.
‘British buyers loved them too’
Classic Citroëns like the DS and ID are performing well with UK-based buyers.