Oh là là: 1986 Citroen CX 25 Prestige Turbo Is Old Europe At Its Chicest

Go back a few decades and you likely won’t find a more stylish French car than the Citroen CX. It was built between 1974 and 1991 and came with innovative technologies such as the hydropneumatic self-leveling suspension system.

This particular example resides in the USA and it’s being auctioned off on Bring a Trailer. It’s the CX 25 Prestige Turbo model, meaning that it’s powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, mated to a five-speed manual transmission.

Luxurious Frenchman

There’s a reason why this specific version of the CX was dubbed Prestige. It was longer than the regular-wheelbase model by some 10 inches (25 cm), offering more legroom in the back. However, if this car is on your radar, we’re betting the previously-mentioned suspension is among the features you’re most interested at.

It actually has the same technology that Citroen licensed to Rolls Royce at one point for the Silver Shadow, as proof of just how comfortable of a ride it offered.

Also read: Peach-Colored Citroen CX Wagon Looking For New Buyer In Tampa Bay

As for the interior, it’s quirky even by today’s standards. As with most Citroens of the past, you didn’t get a lot of stalks. Instead you have buttons and chunky dials surrounding the single spoke steering wheel. Speaking of which, the variable power-assist steering system is thankfully operational, unlike the air conditioning, power mirrors, central locking system and oil pressure gauge.

The video below will provide you with pretty much all the angles you want to see this car in, including on-board driving footage.


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  • ME

    Some 30 years later, the design still holds up very well despite some of the materials looking a bit faded. CX featured this car at the NY Auto Show with another variant that was more boxy in shape. I really respected European car design back then.

    • Shelby GT500

      The boxier one is probably Citroen BX. It was designed by Gandini, who also designed Countach, Stratos, Miura and Diablo.

      • Sébastien

        Or just the CX Break (wagon)

    • mist

      I konw this is a later Série II version launched in 1985, but the pre-facelift model dates back to 1974. It’s already 45 years old.

      • KAG25

        They just made a good loooking car

    • KAG25

      If they started selling them again I would get one

      • ME

        Smart choice. I would love one too. BX series were also really wonderful to be in.

        • KAG25

          The 5 door look is coming back, but only with the higher end cars. A A5 Sportsback would be fun, but something like this with the RS5 would be heaven.

  • TheBelltower

    These things have always been seriously cool

  • rbennet27

    Excellent photo collection. I love it.

  • Aeromann

    This is a great car. 😍

  • Shobin Drogan

    slammed from the factory

  • Bash

    Very nice car, better than half of their current lineup.

  • Alx

    3D shapes on the fascia are so 2019, and those seats would be more comfortable that most lounge chairs!!!

    • McFly

      As far as I remember they were lovely. For like ten minutes. 🙂

  • Christian Wimmer

    At a classic car show about two years ago I met a CX 2.5 Diesel owner who had almost 900,000 km on his car. It looked like new and was well-taken care of. The owner had the car since new and said it never let him down.

    These are beautiful cars, but I prefer the pre-facelift versions with more chrome and thinner tires. They look purer to me since it is a 1970s design.

    • KareKakk

      Original Prestige also had vinyl roof, which looked just right on that model to me. And the 2,5 diesel engine runs forever, just give it some oil every 200.000km or so, and it will keep running.

      • Christian Wimmer

        Indeed. The French also made (and still make) great diesel engines.

  • KAG25

    Still looks like a new car. I never notice how much leg room the rear seats had, better than a limo.

  • McFly

    That’s what a real Citroën looks like. Classic.

  • sidewaysspin

    Perhaps an SM is but a CX I’m not so sure.

    • rj5555

      that definitely a series 2, CX not a SM

  • rj5555

    I’ve owned a CX prestige (non turbo version) it. was a great car….. when it worked.
    maintenance costs almost bankrupted me.

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