Citroën is selling 65 cars from its collection of classics, prototypes, one-offs, and concepts. They’ll all cross the auction block on December 10th of this year at the company’s Conservatoire, which is located on the outskirts of Paris, France. We visited the place in 2012 and didn’t see any of the cars the firm is parting with, so there’s more to the pseudo-museum than meets the eye.
The list of cars up for grabs (you can download the full catalog here) includes a lot of the rather off-beat concepts made by coach-builder Sbarro over the years. The catalog also includes several pre-production cars including what’s undoubtedly the nicest AX in the world, a rare FAF, an XM with the 2.5-liter turbodiesel engine, an early Visa, and a BX GTI. There are newer vehicles like the C-Triomphe and the Cactus, pre-war cars, plus prototypes such as a battery-powered AX sold, inconveniently, without its battery pack.
Additionally, enthusiasts will have the chance to bid on a dizzying selection of Citroën memorabilia including parts from race cars, promotional material, tools from various factories, and trinkets from auto shows. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spruce up your garage (or your living room) if you’re a Citroën collector.
We’d be lying if we said we weren’t tempted by the FAF and the near-mint ZX diesel. We’d also be lying if we said we weren’t concerned about Citroën’s insouciant shrug when it comes to preserving its heritage.