Known for its modern, fast and especially agile family cars, Citroen could take no chances when replacing the now-aging DS, which had been in production for 20 years and had helped establish the company’s reputation. With the introduction of the 1974 Citroen CX, it was mission accomplished, as the new car was an instant hit. Visually speaking, it had enough of the DS so that buyers were not spooked, and technologically, well, it wasn’t nearly as revolutionary, but considering the old DS was still in a class of its own, it did very well indeed. This sleek fastback – not a hatchback – still had the adjustable pneumatic suspension that made Citroen famous, still adjustable from inside the car and offered the same insanely good ride and fantastic handling of its predecessor.
The CX was of course available with a variety of engines, now mounted transversely and paired to either a four- or five-speed manual transmission, or a three-speed automatic. The most powerful of them was the 168-horsepower 2-liter GTi Turbo; thus equipped, the CD could reach a 130 miles per hour top speed, and accelerate to 60 in 7 seconds.
The 1974 Citroen CX remained in production, unchanged in its essentials, until 1991. It was replaced, starting in 1989, with the new Citroen XM, which proved not nearly as popular as its famous forebears.