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.