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Rare Rides: A Giant, Luxurious Citroën CX From 1987 (Half II)

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In Half I of the Citroën CX saga, we discovered how the large sedan changed the outgoing and legendary DS. Now, let’s discover out simply how troublesome life was for the final real giant Citroën.

On the time of the CX’s launch in ’seventy four, Citroën discovered itself in appreciable monetary hassle. The corporate determined earlier than constructing the CX that it wanted a brand new manufacturing facility. Anticipating massive gross sales figures for the brand new flagship, the manufacturing unit was designed to construct all three physique types: standard fastback, the lengthy wheelbase sedan, and the wagon. The chosen manufacturing unit location was on the northern fringe of the reasonably priced metropolis of Paris, at Aulnay-sous-Bois. Already a bit money-strapped, Citroën might not likely afford such an expenditure to construct a single mannequin. The corporate was within the pink.

On the time, Citroën was partnered with Fiat in an uneasy marriage of instability and spending, and the French authorities had had sufficient. Peugeot was the brand new organized marriage companion, and, with failing funds, Citroën was pressured into mattress with the roaring lion model by the latter half of 1974. By 1976, Peugeot owned 89.ninety five % of Citroën, as the corporate turned a part of the newly shaped PSA Group.

All of the whereas, the CX was gathering a fame for costly operating prices and a scarcity of construct high quality. The eye of Peugeot almost about enhancements in high quality management was spotty. Peugeot needed to deliver Citroën’s financial institution stability into the black whereas concurrently keep separate Peugeot and Citroën vehicle strains. Moreover, Peugeot took over all operations of Chrysler Europe in 1978. That buy netted the corporate yet one more flagship sedan to compete towards the CX and Peugeot 604: the Talbot Tagora.

Peugeot’s stress apart, there was one other challenge for the CX. Citroën designed its new car for sale within the American market, proper across the similar time the NHTSA had different concepts. In 1974, the federal entity determined to ban all passenger automobiles with a peak-adjustable suspension. This restriction (on a Citroën signature) piled on prime of different improvements the U.S. blocked, like directional headlamps, flush aero glass headlamp lenses, and using mineral oil brake fluid. Citroën was caught — the suspension system was an integral a part of the car, and the corporate couldn’t engineer round it.

Enter Belgium. A decided importer within the U.S. knew there was a buyer for the large Citroën. The corporate gave up on promoting the CX to People again within the ’70s, even after the federal government repealed the ban on peak-adjustable suspension in 1981.

To offer fanatics with automobiles, the importer despatched new CXs to Belgium, the place it employed an organization to engineer them once more. Crash testing was carried out, emissions upgraded, bumpers changed, and headlights reworked. With the manufacturing unit suspension authorized once more, the Citroën badges have been eliminated and the federalized no-badge CX was bought by way of catalog order at a substantial asking price. The success of the operation was questionable, with numbers reported from a couple of hundred to about 1,000. The CX lived on in Europe via the 1991 mannequin yr, when it was changed by the smaller and completely Peugeot-fied XM we’ve beforehand seen on Rare Rides.

At the moment’s Rare Journey is an extended-wheelbase automated mannequin in Status trim, with three-velocity transmission and largest 2.5-liter engine. It has dents and scratches and French car points, however all seems comparatively strong. Looks like the vendor is perhaps prepared to take $5,000, per eBay listings.

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