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Sunday, 15 June 2014

The Nürburgring-Conquering Citroën AX Is For Sale



Hey, remember this video from late January of a French gentleman who took his 21-year-old diesel Citroën shopping car around the fearsome Nordschleife faster than Jeremy Clarkson could in a twin-turbo Jaguar? If not, then watch it. I'll wait..................... Hey, remember that Citroën you just saw on YouTube nine seconds ago? Well now you can give money to charity by buying it!

Granted, it weighs less than half as much as the S-Type 2.7TT-D that The Tall One piloted, but at just 52bhp it also has less than 20% of the V6 Jag's ~270 horsepower, so a bridge-to-gantry time of 9:55 is not to be sniffed at, especially as it took this intrepid 'Ringworm from Bordeaux over seven years to realise his goal of sub-ten minutes, a quest which took nine engines, five gearboxes and some penny-pinching mods that don't stretch far beyond a strut brace, better tyres and, er, "simplifying" the interior to make it louder. Oh wait, I mean lighter. Also louder. In fact, it sports just one seat, making it basically the same as owning a BAC Mono or a Le Mans Prototype. It's even white with black contrasting details!


Currently this "9:55 BTG LEGEND" is on French eBay (éBay?) for €905, and the entire sale will be donated to UNICEF to help the children. Ultimately you'll be buying a thrashed French hatchback with "more than 2" previous owners and most of the seats missing, but it's for a good cause and the car itself is a symbol of not giving up on your ambitions, which makes it cool in my books. There is no detailed information on the car, just a couple of pictures and links to the above video and some blogs that shared it (including this one!).

So if you're in need of a 685,000 kilometre-old Citroën AX 1.4 non-turbo diesel with internet cred and Nürburgring swag, and fancy donating some money to charity, then you know where to click. The question is... how much are children and dreams worth to you???

Some pictures. Click to... agrandir:




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