Car Show Classics: 2018 La Fête des Limousines – Part One

A show for French cars only, held on a sunny September Sunday at a perfect location. You just know beforehand you’ll have a good time. The 2018 edition of La Fête des Automobiles, focusing on yesteryear’s top models of the French automakers, was absolutely the highlight of all classic car events I visited this year. Besides the high-end Renaults, Peugeots and Citroëns, there was much more to explore.

Starting the tour with a 2001 Citroën Xantia V6 break. In 1993, the Xantia replaced the BX. This D-segment wagon is powered by a 3.0 liter V6 gasoline engine and has Citroën’s Hydractive II hydropneumatic suspension.

2009 Citroën C6 3.0 V6. The 2005-2012 C6 was the brand’s last executive low rider glider. Not the last Citroën with (Hydractive III) hydropneumatic suspension though, as it was available on the D-segment Citroën C5 till last year.

1978 Peugeot 604 V6 SL. The power unit in the 604 sedan was a PRV V6 or -from 1979 onwards- a 2.5 liter 4-cylinder turbodiesel.

1986 Citroën CX 25 TRD Turbo with PSA’s 2.5 liter turbodiesel.

1986 Renault 25 V6 Limousine. It’s powered by a fuel injected 2.7 liter PRV engine. The Limousine has a 22.7 cm longer wheelbase than the standard Renault 25, coachbuilder Heuliez built 832 of them.

The Renault 25 was introduced in 1984 and is slightly more aerodynamic than the 1982 Audi 100 (5000).

1983 Peugeot 505 Familiale GR with a 2.0 liter gasoline engine. The Familiale is a 3-row break/wagon.

1979 Citroën CX 2400 GTi.

1982 Talbot Tagora GLS 2.2. A rare bird then, a needle in a haystack now.

1984 Talbot-Matra Rancho, a compact CUV avant la lettre and a descendant of the Simca 1100.

2000 Citroën XM 3.0 V6. Unlike its DS and CX predecessors and C6 successor, the 1989-2000 XM is a hatchback.

1988 Peugeot 505 STD Turbo (2.5 liter turbodiesel). The 505 was Peugeot’s last RWD car model.

1997 Peugeot 605 ST 2.0 Turbo (gasoline).

1981 Renault 30 TX (PRV V6 engine with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection). The 20/30-series was Renault’s new top model in 1975.

1999 Citroën XM break with a 2.0 liter gasoline engine.

2007 Peugeot 607, powered by a 2.2 liter gasoline engine. The 1999-2010 607 was Peugeot’s last true executive (E-segment) sedan.

1965 Simca 1500 GL. I vividly remember the later 1301/1501 models, these were popular family cars in the Netherlands back then.

1979 Citroën CX 2400 GTi. If you want to stand out in a field of big French cars, then this is the car to have. Orange just can not get more orange.

2007 Citroën C6 2.7 V6 HDi.

1985 Peugeot 505 GL.

1994 Renault Safrane RXE 3.0 V6. The Safrane is a hatch-/liftback, just like its predecessors, the Renault 20/30 and 25.

2000 Citroën XM 3.0 V6.

Back in 1955 a spacecraft landed on Planet Earth, more specifically in Paris. It was called the Citroën DS. This fine example is a 1972 DS 23.

1985 Citroën CX 25 GTi Turbo. What a shape and stance, the Goddess of Sleekness.

A Belgian visitor brought his mid-eighties Peugeot 505 SRD Turbo to the show. It was in a splendid condition, inside and outside; as if it had just left the showroom floor.

1977 Peugeot 504 TI, under its hood a 2.0 liter engine with a Kugelfischer mechanical fuel injection system. The 504 was introduced exactly 50 years ago, this undisputed legend of an automobile was made and sold all over the globe. The last ones were built in Nigeria, late 2005.

1983 Peugeot 305 SR Diesel. The 305 was offered from 1977 to 1988 and was available as a berline, break and fourgonnette. Respectively a sedan, wagon and panel van.

Speaking of a panel van, here’s a 1985 Citroën Acadiane with an appropriate (left cargo door) window sticker…

1975 Citroën CX 2000.

1968 Peugeot 404 with a neat pair of front fog lamps.

A tough looking family guy, this 1991 Peugeot 505 Familiale SX Injection.

Part One goes out with a bang, here’s a 1994 Renault Safrane (3.0 V6) Biturbo. Renault joined forces with German tuning houses Hartge and Irmscher, the end result was an all wheel drive Autobahn burner with a maximum power output of 262 DIN-hp and a top speed of 252 km/h. Note the 5-speed manual transmission.