Around 65 classic and vintage French cars will go under the hammer at the Leclere Motorcars sale later this month. The sale will feature rare and exotic Citroen, Peugeot, Simca and Talbot vehicles, including a movie star Peugeot 406, a rallying Citroen ZX and an extremely rare Simca 8 Gordini. Here are some of our favourite lots.
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Citroen DS – €55,000 – €75,000 (£49,000 – £67,000)
No sale of PSA classics would be complete without a Citroen DS, and this DS 20 Pallas is a peach. Highlights include a ‘decouvrable’ roof conversion carried out by Ansart & Teisseire (AEAT), a DS 23 engine and a complete restoration in 2013. Find a modern car with this much style, grace, elegance and innovation.
Citroen ZX Rallye Raid – POA
This 1991 Citroen ZX Rallye Raid is an ex-Ari Vatanen car and represents a key part of Citroen’s history. It entered five races for Citroen Sport: 1990 Pharaohs Rally, 1990 Paris-Dakar, 1991 Pharaohs, 1992 Paris-Cape Town and 1993 Paris-Dakar. “An extraordinary car to cross the deserts in high speed,” says the auction catalogue.
Citroen GS – €3,500 – €4,500 (£3,000 – £4,000)
The Citroen GS remains criminally undervalued, which is why this low-mileage Pallas could be yours for less than €5,000. This is a Citroen DS for the masses, a former European Car of the Year that was quite unlike anything else in its sector. The second owner of this example was one of the heads of Citroen Heritage.
Citroen CX – $17,000 – €20,000 (£15,000 – £18,000)
It’s time to break out the Ferrero Rocher because this Citroen CX Prestige is an ex-vehicle from the Yugoslavian Embassy in Paris. The perfect car for an Ambassador’s reception? The car is registered in Germany, hence the off-brand flag.
Citroen XM – €4,000 – €5,000 (£3,500 – £4,500)
This car is said to be in “perfect working order”, which isn’t always a given when it comes to the Citroen XM. As a 1997 example, the electrics should be less troublesome than those found on the early XM, while the V6 engine is perfect for those long schleps along the French autoroutes.
Citroen GSA – €1,200 – €1,500 (£1,000 – £1,350)
Registered in 1986, this is an extremely late Citroen GSA and is said to be totally original. Sure, it looks a little untidy in places, but there’s nothing a good clean, a pair of resprayed bumpers and an interior retrimming couldn’t sort. Just look at the pre-auction estimate – what’s not to like?
Citroen BX TZD – €2,800 – €3,500 (£2,500 – £3,000)
We conclude this auction preview with a Citroen BX TZD, which benefits from air conditioning, a Webasto sunroof, a velour interior and a sensible estimate. Remember, the auction takes on Sunday 16 September at Terre Blanche, France.