The market didn't want these cars - but you should
18 May 2017

To someone they seemed like such a good idea at the time. These are the halo models that were always doomed to fail – the derivatives that were signed off in a fit of blind optimism, and which would lead to heartbreak in showrooms around the country.

If you’re a second-hand car dealer, you’ll be praying that none of these are offered as a trade-in, because you just know they’ll be a nightmare to shift. But all have merit, and some are future classics, if not there already, and you should get one. If there are any we've forgotten about, please let us know below.

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18 May 2017
Great article. My favourite is the S80 what laugh. There's one on ebay by chance in cracking condition for under £6,000. I think this article just sold it

 

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18 May 2017
xxxx wrote:

Great article. My favourite is the S80 what laugh. There's one on ebay by chance in cracking condition for under £6,000. I think this article just sold it

I looked at it before buying mine the other week. It was in reasonable condition. FVSH mind, a bit of rust in the spare wheel well and a quite a bit under the bonnet. Interior was OK but a little tired. I spent a bit more on mine and got last of the line.

It's bloody awesome! :-)

 NeVeR L8te Smile

19 May 2017
but most of these are just oddballs. Cars which didn't sell because they didn't make sense, and still don't still unless one places rarity above everything else.

18 May 2017
There is something really lovely and discrete about these types of cars. Fortunately we can still get them here in Switzerland.

A couple of weeks ago I had a look at a lovely 2017 E400 t model with the traditional Mercedes grill. At motorway speed it was silent, smooth and the engine was just 'ticking over'. Lovely thing and much less shouty than an E43.

A friend had an A6 4.2 V8 which is also of the same type.

At the less-pricey end Subaru Outbacks with the 3.6l flat 6 are much missed.

18 May 2017
I'm sure many of these luxo-barges were never intended to sell. They really were halo cars designed to uplift the image of the range as a whole.

Not sure why the Citroen BX GTi is listed in this company though. It sold by the bucketload in the early 90's and was the darling of many a sales rep and fleet manager. Something like the barely-purchased Citroen C6 would be a better example. I can't imagine the minuscule UK sales of this modern-day CX pastiche even covered the costs of engineering it for right-hand drive!

18 May 2017
I agree with you Cybermatt, although the bulk of the 2 million + Bx sold were diesel the fact that according to https://www.howmanyleft.co.uk more than 15 thousand Gti's were registered in the UK alone in 1994 shows the fallacy of this article, It was a great car, fast, comfortable and reliable, I'd have another, but I would prefer a C6.

18 May 2017
I agree with you Cybermatt, although the bulk of the 2 million + Bx sold were diesel the fact that according to https://www.howmanyleft.co.uk more than 15 thousand Gti's were registered in the UK alone in 1994 shows the fallacy of this article, It was a great car, fast, comfortable and reliable, I'd have another, but I would prefer a C6.

19 May 2017
You are correct about there being loads of BX GTIs registered but the GTI 16v was a much rarer car. I had one in the early nineties. Good car of its type - decent performance combined with hydro pneumatic suspension. Swapped it in for another rare Citroen, a ZX 16v which rattled itself to bits because the suspension was so rock hard.

3 June 2017
Cybermatt wrote:

I'm sure many of these luxo-barges were never intended to sell. They really were halo cars designed to uplift the image of the range as a whole.

Not sure why the Citroen BX GTi is listed in this company though. It sold by the bucketload in the early 90's and was the darling of many a sales rep and fleet manager. Something like the barely-purchased Citroen C6 would be a better example. I can't imagine the minuscule UK sales of this modern-day CX pastiche even covered the costs of engineering it for right-hand drive!

The story isn't about how many were sold, it's about how few are still on the road. In fact the BX GTi is more relevant than most on the list because it sold so many and the remaining number is such a small percentage of the total.

I don't need to put my name here, it's on the left

 

18 May 2017
I love looking for these sorts of cars in the classifieds, they turn up surprisingly often. Recall seeing an E39 540i manual Touring recently, now that would be something.


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