I ask this question will all the innocence of a small child; can bad could it be try and restore a barn find DS21? Let’s assume you live in a country/state where MOT inspections and smog requirements are nil — how hard would it be to get this car to the point where you could drive it to work once a week? We’ve all heard the stories of rusting sheet metal, leaking suspension components and o-rings that need to be imported from Mars…but how bad can it really be? Does anyone have any experience with restoring a Citroen DS21 that needs “complete restoration” according to the seller? Is restoring a DS21 something that the strong willed shade-tree mechanic could conquer, or is this a recipe for tremors and a trip to Bellevue? Does anybody in the comments know, or do they not have internet access at mental health facilities? Find this Citroën DS21 offered for $9,850 in Simi Valley, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
This next car had me to a double take on the model year. 1987? Surely this must be a typo — it looks closer to 1957 or 1967…but the legendary Citroën Duex Chevaux was sold in a Beetlesque single generation from 1948 through 1990 with only some safety and regulatory changes to keep up with the times. To put this in perspective, imagine if you could buy a brand new 1978 Pontiac Sunbird at a dealer today — that is how old the 2CV was in the late 80s when this example rolled off the factory line. Find this 1987 Citroen 2CV offered for $12,500 in Henderson, TX via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
The Citroën Ami Berline (notchback sedan) is a salmigondis of peculiar design elements. Crazy single spoke steering wheel, dash mounted push-pull manual shifter, and crazy flying buttress c-pillar is just the beginning of the oddity that is a front-wheel-drive French machine with an opposed two cylinder engine. One could make the argument that a ’67 Mustang isn’t that far removed from a new Mustang you can buy in the showroom in 2020, but this thing is so different from a modern car that you can hardly compare anything other than it has wheels and an engine. Find this 1967 Citroën 6 Ami Berline offered for $13,900 in Ames, NY via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
The Citroën (Citroen if you prefer) Traction Avant was launched in 1934 with a crazy independent torsion bar front suspension, unibody construction, hydraulic engine mounts, and a revolutionary alloy transaxle to allow power from the longitudinal engine to be pushed through the front wheels…ergo traction avant!! But 1950 was a long time ago…and this Citreon is now traction derrière and powered by a Oldsmobile V8 pushing power to a stick beam rear end. Sacré bleu cheese!!! Find this 1950 Citroën 15C9 Custom offered for $18,000 or make-offer in Glendale, CA via eBay.
Conventional wisdom would suggest that the middle of a global pandemic is a bad time to start a business…but that same wisdom would have told Bill Gates to get a job at Radio Shack or Howard Hughes to become a journeyman aircraft mechanic…so I’m going to throw convention into the wind like an empty toilet […]
I hate to be the guy who pooh-poohs all the good ideas around here…but buying a 30 year old Citroen is sorta like buying a private jet. Its not intrinsically a bad idea…its just that the consequences are less than desirable. Sure, its nice to brag to your friends about your new toy, but maintenance […]
The Citroen (Citroën) 2CV (en français — deux chevaux) was a front drive economy car that had prototype builds starting in 1939 with innovative features like a flat-twin aircooled engine and seats that could be removed from the car and used as picnic chairs. Find this 1968 Citroën 2CV offered for $4300 in Fort Plain, CA […]
I’ll probably get a lot of hate mail from the CXMOCA (Citroen XM Owners Club of America), but I’m gonna just go ahead and suggest that a Citroën isn’t going to be the most reliable car on the block. When the seller starts his advertisment with the words Running and driving…it might be a sign that […]
The Citroën CX is an oddball French sedan/fastback (don’t call it a hatchback because it has its own trunk in the back) “executive car” that combined a complex hydropneumatic self-leveling suspension with 4-cylinder powerplants to replace the venerable ID/DS in Citroen’s lineup. Find this 1982 Citroën CX Pallas offered for $2,500 in Richmond, CA via craigslist. […]
It was 100 years this past March when French industrialist André Citroën launched his Type A 8CV “Torpedo”. It was a simple machine without the complex solutions to automotive problems that Citroen became known for in later years — hydropneumatic self-leveling suspension in 1954, the first mass market disc brakes in 1955 and swiveling headlights in 1967…but […]