Cash-free clas­sics

Citroën CX

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK - Theo Ford-Sagers

Look at DS val­ues these days (eas­ily £20-40k, but still un­der-val­ued ac­cord­ing to some) and you’ll see why the CX will never be cheaper. That makes it an ideal cash-free clas­sic for any­one seek­ing de­li­cious ride qual­ity and stun­ning lines.

In ad­di­tion to the styling – an aero­dy­namic marvel, by the way – it’s the en­gi­neer­ing that sets the CX apart. The DS-de­rived hy­drop­neu­matic sus­pen­sion has never re­ally been beaten, and of­fers su­perb cor­ner­ing and com­fort in equal mea­sure, es­pe­cially when cou­pled with the un­usual (for the time) speedad­justable power steer­ing.

Wor­ried that all that en­gi­neer­ing might swal­low your sav­ings? Well, frankly, so you should be! Do make sure that you buy with a cool head, in­spect mul­ti­ple ex­am­ples and get clued up. The good news, how­ever, is that a well­main­tained CX is re­li­able if prop­erly main­tained.

De­spite their rar­ity, rea­son­able runners can still be bought for ap­peal­ingly mod­est sums, but given the level of po­ten­tial costs when things go wrong, don’t bar­gain hunt un­less you’re well-equipped and knowl­edge­able. Aim in­stead for some­thing lovely ( hence our high rec­om­mended bud­get). Pretty much any low-mileage, garaged CX will feel spe­cial, but the hot hatch per­for­mance of the torquey GTi Turbo makes it an enthusiast’s dream and wor­thy of real fu­ture ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

That said, high spec­i­fi­ca­tion doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily com­mand a huge pre­mium – me­chan­i­cal and struc­tural in­tegrity is ev­ery­thing.

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