‘as new’ citroën Gs sells for £8300

78-mile sa­loon was bought new – and last ran – more than 40 years ago

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK - ❚ cj­mas­set.com

Auc­tion house, Ed­dis­ons CJM, ham­mered away a vir­tu­ally un­used Citroën GS 1220 C-Matic on 2 June; dis­played as found from a de­ceased es­tate, the GS, prob­a­bly the low­est mileage example still in ex­is­tence, at­tracted more than 75 bids world­wide.

Bought new in 1976 as an in­vest­ment, the GS didn’t move out of Lin­colnshire for 42 years. Sup­plied new by the now de­funct Citroën fran­chise, Lum­ley’s Garage in Cleethor­pes, it racked up 78 miles and wore one tax disc be­fore its owner put it into stor­age in Ep­worth, near Don­caster.

Of par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est to bid­ders was the GS’s Pal­las trim level – a lux­u­ri­ous spec­i­fi­ca­tion near the top the range – and its three-speed clutch­less man­ual C-Matic gearbox.

The new owner won’t be driv­ing it on the road this week­end, how­ever – de­spite qual­i­fy­ing as a Ve­hi­cle of His­toric In­ter­est (VHI), the GS needs some recom­mis­sion­ing.

Rob Moss, owner and man­ager of Citroën spe­cial­ist, Chevron­ics, said: ‘I have viewed this car and it is a unique piece of mo­tor­ing his­tory. Look­ing very closely at it, I be­lieve the mileage to be gen­uine.

‘Un­for­tu­nately, the new owner will not be get­ting away with a small re­pair bill. The paint­work will re­quire re­paint­ing on the left and right side as the dreaded tin worm has made its way un­der the paint­work. Rats have eaten some of the wiring loom, and I hope the en­gine has avoided get­ting damp. Parts for the C-Matic gearbox are very hard to come by, so I hope it can be re­vived in work­ing or­der.

‘We hope to see this ve­hi­cle in good hands and that the new owner won’t be putting too many miles on her.’

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