Curbside Outtake: Passing On The Left Will Get You A Citation


I haven’t seen a Citation moving under its own power in forever, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to document this one in the very act. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a good look at the front grill, so I’m not sure if this is an ’80-81 (egg crate) or ’82-85 (horizontal bars). The lack of an engine badge on the hatch may be a clue that it’s an earlier car possibly with a carbureted Iron Duke shuddering away under the hood. It’s a remarkably rust-free car to have Illinois plates.


My mom drove a Citation for several years, and I remember two things about it: the vertically-mounted AM/FM radio, and the fact that it stayed in the shop a lot. It finally developed something too acute for her limited budget, and was replaced with a used second-gen Taurus. No more GMs for her!