Citroen CX Safari


It was with a little wince of longing that over the weekend we spotted this pathos-ridden graveyard of Citroen’s CX Safari, huddling on a Bristol hillside.

We’ve long lusted after one of these – probably one of the ultimate elegant utilitarian vehicles it would be possible to own. We’ve always been put off by the notoriously dodgy electrics in old Citroens – but that doesn’t stop us admiring the rakishly extravagant lines.

If the DS was a modernist talisman that defined the upper reaches of French car culture, the CX rolled out the modernist design to the rank and file : and a Safari once owned by Prince Rainier of Monaco now sits ready to add to the garage.

Yes, this was a truly aristocratic wanderer amongst us. Lets hope these wrecks are merely donors and that somewhere the mother ship sits pristine in its hallowed quarters.


One Response to “Citroen CX Safari”

  1. Leon Symons

    i have a series 1 CX25 Familiale 1984 (B reg) just the same as those found in your picture. they are becoming increasingly rare and spares even more so. does mr fordham know to whom these cars belong and what their ultimate fate is likely to be? my car, which started out black and is now metallic french blue, still turns heads and attracts attention when it’s out, simply because there is nothing else like it on the road today. it’s quirky, it makes strange noises but it’s a wonderful car to drive.