The Citroën C6 of 2006-2012 must be one of the few cars that was launched with its own specially commissioned garage. Described by the building’s designer as “an envelope to present the C6 in a truly unique and independent environment”, the garage, designed by architect Neutral, was made from light-transmitting concrete (it had optical fibres embedded in it) and cost £112,000, or about three times as much as the most expensive C6.
You won’t find any for sale in the small ads today. On the other hand, there are a few examples of the car it was intended to accommodate. A few, note, not loads, since the C6 never caught on among the Audi and BMW drivers at which it was aimed. Well, sort-of aimed. The thing was, the C6 was more showcase than fleet tool. Its hydropneumatic suspension was the latest Hydractive 3+ version with three automatic position modes (motorway, poor road surface and either comfort or dynamic). The system used orange LDS synthetic hydraulic fluid instead of the traditional green LHM mineral stuff.
At rest the big Citroën looked cool and sleek; at speed it rode the nation’s roads as if the Asphalt Industry Alliance had at last got its way and blown the nation’s road tax on bitumen.