The Citroen BX 19 GT

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The Citroen BX 19 GT

I’m quite excited at the moment because made an agreement to buy one of my all-time cars and dream garage – a Mark 1 Citroen BX 19 GT.

of proper classic cars no doubt sneer at my entry the dream garage canon but is a car that’s really important to me, it’s the car that got me into Citroens. See, my parents had one I was little (probably around a C-plate example in silver.

I on the rare occasions I was allowed to in the front, being allowed to the indicators off once we’d turned into the drive they didn’t self-cancel). I the central rear arm-rest kept my sister away me on long journeys (and the way to it up if I did want her company after

I remember being entranced by the luxury of windows that themselves up and down – and too short to reach the switches the hell are they doing on the console anyway?) so having to ask my if I wanted the window open or I loved the map light in the ceiling the way I imagined aircraft to be laid out which could be swivelled way.

Most of all, I loved the of it rising up in the air when Dad turned the on. That kindled a slightly interest in hovercraft, which has really gone away. I don’t really remember captivated by the looks – been far more impressed by the gruff bluntness of the Mark 1 VW we’d had before.

I always my youthful experience with car for the affairs I’ve had with hydraulic Citroens – a CX, two BXs and GSs – and I’m really that it’s come circle and I’m about to own my own BX 19 GT. Normally I would counsel meeting your heroes, you’re bound to be disappointed, but driven more BXs than any single model of car now and I know to expect – but hopefully a bit

My prospective purchase has also led me to thought about the BX 19 GT’s in overall car culture history. an interesting vehicle – one riiiiight on the cusp of so many

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Just about every car in 2007 has integrated, body-coloured The BX was a very early – if not the – attempt at this and while it’s not 100% you can credit it with starting a It was also in at the beginning of that trend for cars without (I’m looking at you, Sierra) which sadly last, and smoothed wheeltrims

Even more odd is the 19 GT’s in the marketplace. If you Google Citroen BX you’ll come across a pages advising it as a cheap into the hot-hatch market, not as as Golfs or 205s but holding own against 309 GTi’s and 405 MI16s. The 1 GT though is a different animal. the GTi was still a novel concept and the 205 arrived it would be a sector in the supermini bracket.

The hot-hatch market had grown by the arrival of the BX Mk 2 GTi to allow it entry, but the 1 was too big and frankly too old-fashioned. It got by without all-important i for a start, with a larger engine and a different to differentiate it from the 1.6litre It’s big brother, the Sport, the twin-carb route, reminding me of the between an SC or TC Rover 2000 the sixties.

This was traditional Saloon engineering – Grand Tourers.

Trim this up: the GT had more luxuries its family-car brethren, and a traditional, style speedo and rev counter than the futuristic drum/LED of a cooking Mk 1 BX. This was a car which both forwards and backwards all the ground-breaking looks and technology of a BX, but engine tweaking, trim and from an earlier age of Sporting

I’ll be driving my GT with cap and pipe – it owes to the Hillman Avenger Tiger and Dolomite Sprint than it to its younger GTi brethren.

Oh, and I promise ever to call it a hot hatch. All copyright (c) 1998-2007 Stuart

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