The Aguttes auction makes Citroën classic dreams come true
Within the Stellantis Group, “l'Aventure Peugeot Citroën DS” about the automotive legacy of the Citroën brand. The collection of Peugeot and Citroën models is said to include more than 1.200 examples. Through gifts, donations and acquisitions, the collection continues to grow year after year. For this reason, surplus or duplicate copies are regularly auctioned off.
They are precious automobiles that make collectors' hearts beat faster and the classics can make dreams come true.
On October 23 starts at Aguttes the size "L'AVENTURE PEUGEOT CITROËN DS” Auction. The catalog is full of dreams and possibilities. Probably too much of everything, unless you happen to have a spacious empty industrial hall and plenty of liquidity in the back.
I've worked my way through the catalogue, trying to ignore all the Peugeots, and picked out some really exciting and unusual Citroëns.
Citroën GS Birotor 1973
Few readers know about my affinity for the Wankel engine. In fact, it wasn't a Citroën that's to blame. However, you will never forget the special flair of the rotary piston machine if you have ever owned one.
The Wankel adventure bears the name Birotor at the Doppelwinkel brand, and the GS wrote automotive history with it. However, this ultimately cost Citroën independence and caused great difficulties.
A special Birotor GS is being called up at Aguttes. It is probably number 12 of 846 copies, has only 22.200 kilometers on the odometer and a guaranteed history. There are said to be around 50 more copies worldwide, the Wankel GS is a temptation for enthusiasts.
Citroën 2 CV 4 1970
The prices for the 2 CV have recently gone through the roof, so a "duck" with only 58 kilometers arouses interest. Rolling off the assembly line in 1970, it served as a training object at the former Nanterre plant. She came to the collection a year later. Just under 51 years later, it is sold after all, still in new condition.
Perhaps the 2 CV 4 will now arouse interest and speculation, as the value is only estimated at €6.000 to €10.000. The problem is clear. The 2 CV was never registered, it does not meet any current emissions standard and is not allowed on public roads within the EU. Will the 2 CV remain a collector's item for all eternity?
Citroën C5 Carlsson Break 2001
This Citroën C5 Break was presented at the IAA in 2001. It is a model refined by Carlsson, then Citroën Germany house tuner. Carlsson vehicles made a positive impression with their high-quality upholstery work, while other details were not always tastefully designed.
This station wagon, which is of course a break, has the full program including body kit. It was shown as a prototype at the IAA and then put away. The speedometer only shows 28 kilometers, the C20.000 is said to be worth €30.000 to €5. It offers a V6 with 235 hp, the incomparable hydropneumatics and a plethora of equipment. The 5 C2001 is in youngtimer mode, but its career as an upcoming classic is considered certain.
Citroën BX 16v 1990
The Citroën BX is already a classic. The BX 16 Soupapes (16v) is particularly popular. The sports model represents the top end of the performance pyramid for the normal customer. The 16-valve version offered here, still without a catalytic converter, has an output of 160 hp. She accelerated the Citroën Lightweight from 8,6 to 0 km/h in 100 seconds. The BX reaches its top speed at 220 km/h.
The BX has only traveled 75.000 kilometers and has had 2 owners so far. The special mixture of a sporty tuned hydropneumatic chassis and powerful 16-valve engine makes the Citroën extremely interesting. The price range of €12.000 to €18.000 seems almost too reasonable here.
Citroen DS 19 1958
This DS 19 is one of the most beautiful vehicles in the auction at Aguettes. It is an early, unusual example. The beauty in Daffodil yellow with a contrasting black roof was delivered in 1958 in the greater Paris area. It was resold in 1993, but remained in the capital's vicinity and was therefore able to keep its first (historical) registration.
The paintwork has since been renewed, the rusty brown and orange interior is original, as is the Philips radio. All important work, such as new tires, hydraulic balls and update of the hydropneumatics has been carried out. One of the most beautiful DS 19 on the market is estimated at between €40 and €50.000.
The selection of exciting vehicles was of course subjective. The current auction catalog is very extensive. It contains both automobilia, such as a large clock from the Citroën factory in Asnières-sur-Seine, and a factory rally Citroën ZX EVO 5.
A Citroën SM, another 2 CV or an open DS 19 are of course not missing either. The full range of Auction is available online at Aguttes.
With media material by Aguttes
10 thoughts on "The Aguttes auction makes Citroën classic dreams come true"
Waiter, please at this table:
the tan CX, the almond green XM and a box duck. A 106 and a 306 for dessert.
What an opportunity. What a choice. A dream. Thanks Tom for showing this. Is there a volume discount? 😉
Error Devil (@ Tom)
The BX wasn't so light that it would have accelerated from 8,6 to 0 in 220 😉
Correct, albeit a pity. Corrected!
Still a hot (and easy) box for its time. The (driving) performance is simply fantastic for a production vehicle and a naturally aspirated engine of this capacity 🙂
The Carlsson is hot. Is the V6 any good? Is that the Euro V6? I don't know him.
The so-called Euro-V6 was “only” built until 1998, had a displacement of 2,7 to 2,8 l and, to my knowledge, only one camshaft per bank...
The V6 in the Carlsson C5 is DOHC, 3,0L and is from 2001, so it's a new design.
By the way, without the participation of Volvo. They left the Euro-V6 consortium in 1990 and went back to straight six in the 960. A proprietary development.
Thanks! I didn't know that, I would have backed the Euro V6.
Incidentally, I am unsure whether Citroën has ever installed a Euro V6 anywhere?
Also known as the PRV engine. PRV stands for Peugeot, Renault & Volvo. It was also used by Talbot and Alpine. I'm not quite sure about that, but I don't think Citroën has ever had any contact with this engine at any time or with any single model, which the engineers and decision-makers at Volvo, by the way, never really warmed to. They even bent the model designations. The most powerful Volvos of the 760 were not 6 cylinders, but strictly speaking 740 Volvos (they were 760s with supercharged 4 cylinders). The PRV never matched the performance of older or contemporary Volvo designs and was also considered inferior in terms of mileage. Both the older straight six (still with the camshaft located below) and the in-house four-cylinder developed in parallel and at the same time as the PRV had more confidence in Gothenburg in terms of (running) performance and stability than the PRV would ever have gained there.
The engine in the Carlsson C5 would probably do well to have absolutely nothing in common with the Euro-V6 or PRV ...
The catalog is a dream. Well, you just have to stay strong.
That's funny. Didn't know that the house tuner Citroëns was a namesake of by far the most famous Saab pilot ...
Maybe a Saab fan will actually buy the C5? There's a lot more that speaks for the car. About to be the last break with Hydropneumatic...
My personal favorite would still be the DS. She is just beautiful...
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