Here’s something you’re not going to find anytime soon in Rock Island, Eugene, or Indianapolis: a Citroën BX. Just one look and you know it just has to be a French car! In the ’80s, when many folks in the U.S. were running out and buying Cutlass Supremes or Cutlass Ciera Broughams, French new-car shoppers were checking out cars like these.
The BX replaced the earlier Citroen GS. It had a long life, being produced from 1982 until its 1994 replacement by the Xantia. It was an early product of the recently merged PSA conglomerate comprised of Citroen and parent company Peugeot (the first was the Citroen Visa mini, which utilized the floorpan and engine of the Peugeot 104).
Later BX models shared chassis and other parts with the Peugeot 405 family sedan. Needless to say, the BX did not share its superb hydropneumatic, self-leveling Citroën suspension with the 405. Early BXs used 1.4-, 1.6- and 1.9-liter gasoline engines, but later versions, like our featured car, were available with a turbo diesel. One year after the BX’s introduction, a wagon joined the five-door hatchback.
As you would expect, the dash retained a good helping of Citroën design, with its one-spoke steering wheel and futuristic instruments. Elsewhere, the BX diverged from its Peugeot underpinnings with trademark quirky styling, four-wheel disc brakes, and extensive use of plastic body panels.
This one was snagged by Charkle The 2nd and recently posted to the Cohort. In his words:
“Have to say, this is the one I would want. 1.9 Litre Turbo diesel, with manual transmission. Found this hunkered down in the local Marina carpark, with just enough room around it to get a couple of shots. Was thinking I hadn’t seen another one in years, then saw another (or rather a BX16) about an hour later!”
I’d like to give a big “thank you” to Charkle The 2nd, and to all of our European, Australian and New Zealand-based Cohort contributors, for sharing these great Curbside Classics with us!