Rare Rides: There's a 1991 Citron BX 14 in Maine

Corey Lewis
by Corey Lewis
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rare rides there s a 1991 citron bx 14 in maine

Citroën’s on-and-off history with North American importation make almost all of them rarities, and perfect for this series. Thus far, we’ve seen Citroëns in the form of Traction Avant, XM, and CX. Today’s front-drive Frenchy is a sporty BX hatchback from 1991.

The BX debuted in 1982, and filled a market segment where Citroën hadn’t played for a few years: the large family hauler. The lower trims of the DS filled the gap through its demise in 1974. At that point, the more luxurious “executive” DS trims were supplanted by the CX (and eventually the XM). But those cars were too expensive for the average family; BX took its place between the smaller (and dated) GSA and the larger CX.

Citroën hired Marcello Gandini to pen the angular styling, and he gave it his hallmark flat rear wheel arch. Gandini didn’t need to do a lot of work to come up with the BX: He simply searched in the V section of the filing cabinet, where the rejected 1979 concept for the Volvo Tundra resided. The slightly reworked design was applied to a joint Peugeot-Citroën platform shared with the upcoming Peugeot 405, and the older Citroën Visa.

The BX was available in five-door hatchback or wagon variants. Plastic body panels kept down weight, and underneath them was Citroën’s adjustable hydro-pneumatic suspension. The BX came with a variety of engines depending on year and market, but critically, Citroën avoided using the air-cooled engine from the GSA. All engines were four cylinders and liquid-cooled, with displacement ranging from 1.1 to 2.1 liters. Gasoline or diesel, carburetor or fuel injection, front-drive or four-wheel drive: BX allowed for consumer choice.

BX remained in production through 1994, before its replacement by the less interesting Xantia. During its run, Citroën kept itself busy by adding additional engine options and sporting versions to the BX lineup. Today’s Rare Ride is one such sporty model. In the middle of the range, the 14 on the badge indicates a 1.4-liter engine under hood. That particular engine is good for about 70 horsepower via the five-speed manual transmission. An import from salt-free Spain, this BX is yours for $9,500.

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Corey Lewis
Corey Lewis

Interested in lots of cars and their various historical contexts. Writing things for TTAC since late 2016 from a home base in Cincinnati, Ohio. You can find me on Twitter @CoreyLewis86, and I also contribute at Forbes Wheels.

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  • WallMeerkat WallMeerkat on Aug 02, 2019

    In Ireland, my dad had a couple of these, I remember them being very comfortable and practical but very flimsy interior. The Americans on his construction site called the later one a "James Bond car" because of the adjustable suspension and because the angular styling looked quite stealth-like in black. I had the replacement, the Xantia. It had a plate in the engine bay explicitly forbidding export to the US, I guess because of the bumper height regulations that effectively banned adjustable suspension.

  • Carsofchaos Bike lanes are in use what maybe 10 to 12 hours a day? The other periods of the day they aren't in use whatsoever. A bike can carry one person and a vehicle can carry multiple people. It's very simple math to figure out that a bike lane in no way shape or form will handle more people than cars will.The bigger issue is double parked delivery vehicles. They are often double parked and taking up lanes because there are cars parked on the curb. You combine that with a bike lane and pedestrians Crossing wherever they feel like it and it's a recipe for disaster. I think if we could just go back to two lanes of traffic things would flow much better. I started coming to the city in 2003 before a lot of these bike lanes were implemented and the traffic is definitely much worse now than it was back then. Sadly at this point I don't really think there is a solution but I can guarantee that congestion pricing will not fix this problem.
  • Charles When I lived in Los Angeles I saw a 9-5 a few times and instanly admired the sweeping low slug aerodynamic jet tech influenced lines and all that beautiful glass. The car was very different from what I expected from a Saab even though the 900 Turbo was nice. A casual lady friend had a Saab Sonnet, never drove or rode in it but nonetheless chilled my enthusiasm and I eventually forgot about Saabs. In the following years I have had seven Mercedes's, three or four Jaguars even two Daimlers both the 250 V-8 and the massive and powerful Majestic Major. Daily drivers of a brand new 300ZX 2+2 and Lincolns, plus a few diesel trucks. Having moved to my big farm in central New York, trucks and SUV's are the standard, even though I have a Mercedes S500 in one of my barns. Due to circumstances with my Ford Explorer and needing a second driver I found the 2006 9-5 locally. Very little surface rust, none undercarriage, original owner, garage kept, wife driver and all the original literature and a ton of paid receipts and history. The car just turned 200,000 miles and I love it. Feels new like I'm back in my Nissan 300ZX with a lot more European class and ready power with the awesome turbo. So fun to drive, the smooth power and torque is incredible! Great price paid to justify going through the car and giving her everything she needs, i.e., new tires, battery, all shocks, struts, control arms, timing chain and rust removable to come, plus more. The problem now is I want to restore it and likely put it in my concrete barn and only drive in good weather. As to the writer, Alex Dykes, I take great exception calling the 9-5 Saab "ugly," finding myself looking back at her beauty and uniqueness. Moreover, I get new looks from others not quite recognizing, like the days out west with my more expensive European cars. There are Saabs eclipsing 300K rourinely and one at a million miles and I believe one car with 500K on the original engine. So clearly, this is a keeper, in love already with my SportCombi. I want to be in that elite club.
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  • Ernesto Perez There's a line in the movie Armageddon where Bruce Willis says " is this the best idea NASA came up with?". Don't quote me. I'm asking is this the best idea NY came up with? What's next? Charging pedestrians to walk in certain parts of the city? Every year the price for everything gets more expensive and most of the services we pay for gets worse. Obviously more money is not the solution. What we need are better ideas, strategies and inventions. You want to charge drivers in the city - then put tolls on the free bridges like the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges. There's always a better way or product. It's just the idiots on top think they know best.
  • Carsofchaos The bike lanes aren't even close to carrying "more than the car lanes replaced". You clearly don't drive in Midtown Manhattan on a daily like I do.