Writing this on Bastille Day 2021, and hours ago a transporter delivered a 1981 Citroen CX 2400 Pallas Automatic bought in France December 2020, renovated in Holland January to April 2021, and on what must have been a slow boat for the last 8 weeks of land/sea/land transportation.
My friend Jeremy located the car late in 2020 while he was in France as the widow who had the car had engaged help to sell her late husband’s cars. Based on my friend’s observations, videos and photos I purchased the car as there was no way I could get to France. What interested me about this car is the rust-free and unmolested single-owner history and relatively low miles. So I am the second owner of this 40 year old beauty!
Arrangements were to have Citroen Andre prepare the car as if he was sending his family out in the car for an extended (and unsupported) several month long road trip
First hurdle was getting the CX from France to Holland during the lockdown. Seems that some truckers had dispensation to operate when most people couldn’t even go outside!
To do the depth of work I’d requested the drive train had to be removed.
I could write for a long time to cover all the work that was done. I really didn’t want to leave any stone unturned.
While the car ran, because of age a number of common restoration points were done like carburetor rebuild, new kick-down cables, new timing chain, new hoses…
Where appropriate in-keeping updates like an improved radiator, updated ignition, updated/rebuilt A/C were included in the scope of work.
In a few cases Citroen Andre had work done outside of their shop by specialists. The headliner’s sound-deadening foam had crumbled and I think it was CX Basis in Germany to made up the new headliner, and a Dutch specialist who installed it. Came out really nice!
Eventually the car was ready and after much delay the shipping process started with a simple truck-ride to the port.
A quick contrast to the 1981 CX Athena I also own (which is similarly in outstanding condition). The Athena (name means “nearly a goddess” is a 2 liter five-speed intended to be the “standard” sort of version of the CX series. The smaller engine cost less to register and run with the tax codes of the day. If given out as a company car the Athena would be what department head might get.
The CX 2400 Pallas Automatic is the deluxe version, more chrome and comfort, and was positioned to be what the Managing Director/Chairman might drive, if he was someone who drove themselves.
Citroen also did a “Prestige” version that was really a limo for the chauffeured driven Managing Director/Chairman and political types, and various wagon versions.
Now it is the waiting game for the Wisconsin DMV to issue the registration for the CX 2400 Pallas Automatic. I hope that arrives in time to make some of the August local car shows as I would like to take both CXs to some of them!