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1976 Citroën Dyane:
The Citroën Dyane is a derivative of the famous French Citroën 2CV or Deux Chevaux (meaning “Two Horse”). It shares the same opposed twin air-cooled engine and 4 speed transmission. The Dyane engine produced slightly more horsepower, allowing a higher top speed (over 70 MPH). The Dyane also has a slightly longer body, yielding more interior room, and, unlike the 2CV, is a true hatchback. The Dyane also shares the 2CV's unique front-to-rear linked suspension and most other 2CV mechanical components.
Since over 10 million 2CV's and derivatives were made, finding mechanical parts is not difficult. Many parts for Citroën 2CV's are still produced. The exceptions being certain body and interior parts that are unique to the Dyane. In 2011, this car underwent restoration at Eurocar Imports, LLC, in Tom's River, New Jersey. Work included new floor pans and lower firewall section, and a new, galvanized frame.
A new/rebuilt engine from Burton 2CV Parts USA was installed in 2015. Mechanical and interior restoration that was not done previously is currently in work here at the CarCynic's shop, using parts from FPS West.
In 1981, a special, limited edition Citroen Dyane was produced in Spain. This special addition was known as the Dyane “Capra” (a reference to the astrological Capricorn). The Capra included a custom black and yellow paint scheme, special interior, and other subtle trim features. Eurocar Imports was able to reproduce this custom paint scheme on this car. Further work continues to add more of the Capra cosmetics. There are fewer than a dozen Citroën Dyane's in the country, and this is the only Dyane Capra (original or replica) known in the USA.
1987 Citroën CX Prestige Turbo II
The Citroen CX is named after the mathematical representation of the Co-efficient of Drag (Cd or Cx). The CX has one of the lowest drag coefficients in the automotive industry. In addition to the unique Robert Opron styling, this CX also embodies almost every technology Citroën is known for. This includes a central hydraulic system that operates the brakes, suspension and steering. It is a common misconception that these cars have "air suspension". Nothing in the suspension contains or operates using air or air pumps. There are also no suspension springs or shock absorbers. High pressure nitrogen provides a better ride than springs ever could, and ride height control and dampening is provided by the hydraulic system. The DIRAVI speed sensitive "fly by hydraulics" steering makes driving this car unlike any other.
The Turbocharged, 4 cylinder, 2.5L, 190 HP engine provides about twice the fuel economy of a large American car of the time, while simultaneously giving the performance European drivers expect. Top speed is near 150 MPH. All Turbocharged CX's had 5-speed manual transmissions.
Citroen utilized a Bosch Fuel injection system for the CX, and thus most external engine parts are the same as (for example) a BMW 325i of the same period. Many other parts are standard as well. As long as the special hydraulic fluid (known as LHM) is kept clean, hydraulic failures are almost unheard of in the later Citroëns. Similarly, the engine, sometimes referred to as a "Tractor Engine", due to it's low RPM and high torque, is very reliable. There are many of these cars still on the road in Europe with over 200 thousand miles on them.
"Prestige" refers to the lengthened or "limousine" body, which gives exceptional rear passenger leg room. Other "Super Car" features include a "Single-Double" windshield wiper, the same factory mirrors as Jaguar and Lotus supercars, and Jaeger (of Jaeger-LeCoultre) Instruments. It was also one of the first production vehicles to feature keyless entry.
The CarCynic's Turbo Prestige is nearly identical to the one owned by Former French President Jacques Chirac, and often used for official presidential conveyance. The most notable difference being that the former French President's had a tan interior. The presidential CX has been displayed on the Champs-Elysées in Paris.
The example owed by the CarCynic was imported new by CX Automotive in New Jersey. Original sale price in the US was over $80,000 in 1987 (Approximately $169,000 in today's dollar). It has had several owners in the US. While it was modified for the US market, many parts have been converted back to the original Citroën parts. There are only about 5 CX Turbo Prestige's in the United States, and still fewer with the factory Black - on Black Leather scheme. Major maintenance/restoration of this car was completed in 2014 at Dave Burnham Citroën in New York.