1977 Citroën CX Prestige C-Matic Sedan
This is the CX Prestige (long wheelbase) model, designed for diplomats and heads of state. This has the “rare” low roofline. The C-matic transmission is a three-speed semi-automatic. You still have to shift it, but there is no clutch. This has the 2.4 liter carburated gasoline engine. The rear-seats are very spacious, with dual cigarette lighters and ash-trays. There are sunshades at the rear side windows, as well a sunshade for the rear window. All the seats are leather, and this car has the world-famous hydraulic suspension system that has been licensed to Mercedes and Rolls-Royce. The ride is like floating on a cloud!
It is considered by some enthusiasts as the last “real Citroën” before Peugeot took control of the company in 1976.The CX was also the final successful model of the “big Citroën” era, which began in 1934.
Mechanically, the car was one of the most modern of its time, combining Citroën’s unique hydro-pneumatic integral self-leveling suspension, speed-adjustable DIRAVI power steering (first introduced on the Citroën SM), and a uniquely effective interior design that did away with steering column stalks, allowing the driver to reach all controls while both hands remained on the steering wheel.
The speedometer drive has been converted to register Miles, but the current odometer reading is in kilometers, 78K km = 48K miles traveled. Three owner vehicle that was purchased from a family in Paris in 1985. It was converted to DOT standards in Costa Mesa, CA where is has been until recently sold off in 2017 to the third owner.
Most everything works. The car runs, the hydraulic system (suspension, brakes, steering) works well. The car is set at the maximum height setting. The transmission works well. The tires are over thirty years old. The engine still needs some sorting out: it tends to stall after a couple of miles. I don’t know the cause. The headlight turning mechanism was removed as part of the required DOT conversion in 1985. The mechanism could be sourced and installed, if desired. The inside is in good shape. The leather is a little dry, and damaged on the driver’s left side where the height adjustment lever rubs the seat. Most everything works. The rotating cylinder speedometer and tachometer are very cool! The original 1977 Blaupunkt radio works, but the tuning knob is frozen, but I think it could be freed up, if done gently. There is starting to be some surface rust, as shown on the pictures, and a little bubbling on the driver’s side door. There is also some rusting under the rocker panels under the car as seen in the pictures, but none of it structural nor critical. There is also a little rust in a crease of the right rear wheel cover. The foam cushion on the steering wheel is deteriorated, so I wrapped it and put the cover on it. The headliner is drooping a little at the sunroof panel. This car has never been in any accidents or collisions, to the best of my knowledge. All in all, it should be drivable with minimal effort, and is a good candidate for restoration. It has been in storage for a couple years since last analysis.