Citroen CX Gallery 5

Oh my, so much to talk about here. Starting on the left, you can see the door handle, which ergonomically worked like a gun, with a slanted grip and the actual release activated by a finger or two, just like a trigger. Earlier models had little chromed, straight, oblong triggers, while later ones had black, plastic ones with a different shape, more like half a bar of soap with a hole in the middle where you put your finger. The steering wheel has that white rectangle on the central axis point, which states the equipment version of the particular model, such as Pallas or Turbo. Thankfully, none of my dad’s cars had this, since even then I thought this to be a bit tacky. On either side of the wheel and central display were those boxes that replaced traditional stalks. Lights, indicators, windscreen wipers, hazard lights, they were all there, and I don’t understand how this never caught on. Perhaps it was ergonomics (bear in mind, I’ve never actually driven a CX, so I’ve no idea how practical or not this is) or costs, but I loved this particular solution so much it became the symbol of why Citroen’s designs were correct and all other car makers were wrong. That ball on the central column was the revolving ashtray, above where some models have the stereo. Most of my dad’s cars had the stereo there, though I do remember the odd CX where the radio was vertical, and further down near the handbrake.

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