Friday, January 15, 2010

1988 Citroen CX 22 TRS

To Citroen fans, the Citroen CX is the last "true" Citroen. It was the last car developed by Citroen without any "help" from Peugeot, who had purchased the company in 1976.

Introduced in 1974, the CX replaced the loved, but aged DS. It carried on much of the DS tradition of advanced engineering and, uh, weirdness. The steering (with a single spoke steering wheel) was self centering, the turn signals non self-cancelling and, of course, it had Citroen's well proven hydropneumatic suspension system. Citroen really did a good job of keeping the essence of the DS intact in this far more modern car.

The CX was also Citroen's last big selling "executive car". By the time production ceased, Citroen had sold over 1,000,000 CXs. It was replaced by the XM, a car I will own one day, but a car that to most Citroen fans is considered more of a Peugeot than a real Citroen.

The 22 TRS being offered on eBay represents the last updated version of the CX. The 22 TRS had new plastic bumpers and a new, more conventionally designed dashboard. (For those of you who have never seen the original CX dash, click here for a picture. The orb like thing to the right of the steering wheel, above the radio... that's the ashtray.)

The car being offered on eBay is a curiosity. The CX was legally imported by two companies in the 1980s; Georgia based CINA (Citroen Importers of North America) and New Jersey based CX Automotive. Because it was easier to get through emissions testing, both companies brought in fuel-injected 2.5L CXs. The seller says this car is carbureted, though. It does have the US mandatory sidemarker lights on it, but the speedometer is in kilometers and the headlights appear to be the of the European variety. The seller says it's registered and titled in Texas as a 1988 car, so this is most likely a CXA car, which were titled as CXAs and not Citroens. I can't find any mention of the 22 TRS being imported by CXA, however. I've e-mailed the seller for more information and will update this if I hear back from him.

In theory, this is a car you could drive everyday. It's modern, relatively quick and extremely comfortable. In reality, because of a lack of any real parts sources in the US, this is a weekend / car show car.

Driving down the street or parked at a car show, this car will attract some serious attention. This is not a car for someone in the Witness Protection Program. For everyone else, it's a great chance to own a car that was built by a company that marched to its own beat, a company that didn't stamp out cookie cutter cars. Every car geek needs to experience a car like this at least once in their life.

Located in Plano, TX, click here to see the eBay listing.


Chris Keen said...

From what I've read/seen, this car's been available for a while, along with the seller's Alfa 33 and Alfa 155 turbodiesel. People who've contacted him about the Alfas say he's evasive when you ask about import docs, etc... so it's probably a personal import. If this is the final evolution of the CX, it would be from 1985 on and most likely not yet qualify for the 25-year exemption.

Oh man. I just read that again. I should really spend my time doing something productive.

Max Power said...

I don't think it is a CXA car...CXA's had either sealed beam quad round headlights for the later models such as this one. Of course, the owner could have changed them.

It seems that CXA has been taken over by some other company who performs various Citroen homologations at this website

I also have an old Car and Driver from 1992 or 93 which tested a federalized XM from CXA (complete with Pontiac Grand Prix headlights!). From my understanding, just a handful XM's made it into the US before CXA ceased.

Just A Car Geek said...

Max - I have that same Car & Driver issue.

According to the Citroen Club of America site, CXA brought in around 20 XMs. I've seen two CXA XMs for sale in recent years, but the asking prices were insane.

Chris - Yeah, the 22 TRS wasn't introduced by Citroen until 1986, so at best it's one year too new for the import exemption.

Interesting car, though.