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Citroëns con­tinue to do well at auc­tion, but there are two stand out stars…

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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.

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