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YAK Car Pic of the Day

’89 Citroën CXA Prestige, @ Hemming’s Sports & Exotic Car show, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

From Saturday’s Hemming’s Sports & Exotic Car show in Saratoga Springs, here’s a really exotic (have you ever even seen one?) 1989 Citroën CXA Prestige sedan. Stunning in this black/black color scheme, the CX replaced the venerable DS in Citroën’s lineup, but it never had the staying power. They were built from 1975 (when it won the European Car of the Year Award, to 1991. Notice the low stance in the top photo. The CX’s hydropneumatic suspension is in the “rest” mode, putting the rocker panels nearly on the ground. The bottom photo shows the car at its normal driving height. There was a special CX put up for sale a while back — a specially-built limousine ordered (but never taken delivery) by East German party secretary Erich Honecker. You remember him as the guy who had the Berlin Wall built. Alas, his government fell apart before the car was finished, and he lived out his exile in South America, probably driving funny little VWs. This show car was driven in from the Albany area.

up off the ground

trademark Citroën single-spoke steering wheel










Honecker’s never-delivered limo


CX Break (station wagon)








Jim Corbran, You Auto Know 


  • David Traver Adolphus

    You’ll find the CXA is not technically a Citroën’sat all.  It says CX Automotive as the manufacturer on the title.

    • David, yes, on the title it says CX Automotive. CXA (an American importer) bought the cars from Citroën in France after they (Citroën) stopped exporting to the U.S.  CXA then did what needed to be done so the cars would meet federal standards. 
      And I do believe the car at the show is the one in the Hemming’s article that you referenced.

  • I’ve always loved Citroens. The contemporary versions still feature the single-spoke steering wheel, but the spoke remains stationary while the wheel turns. It’s a cool effect. I don’t know if you’ve seen it, but last year Car & Driver took a CX and decided to “return” it to France; i.e., they attempted to drive it from New Jersey to the last remnant of New France called St Pierre et Miquelon. Residents of these islands are EU citizens, pay in Euros, are able to drive contemporary Renault/Peugeot/Citroen offerings, and have euroband French license plates. It’s one of those bizarre geographical anomalies that I have a compulsion to visit just because. 

    • Alan, I did read that article. Now wouldn’t that drive be something to write about in Artvoice! I’ll have to check with the financial office about an expense account.