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Citroen CX 2400 Pallas

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Citroën CX 2400 Pallas

1976 - 1983
Country:
France
Engine:
4 cylinder
Capacity:
2347 cc
Power:
86 kW
Transmission:
3 spd. "C-Matic"
Top Speed:
186 km/h
Number Built:
n/a
Collectability:
2 star
Citro├źn CX 2400 Pallas
Reviewed by Unique Cars and Parts
Our Rating: 2

Introduction



First released in Australia in 1976 in 2.2 litre form, by 1981 the CX 2400 would be the only model Citroën would offer in Australia. The car was actually first released in Europe in 1974, then replacing the long standing D series that had been in continuous production for more than twenty years.

The 2.4 litre engine was transversely mounted and drove the front wheels, and soon developed a reputation for durability and longevity. The CX 2400 was only available with the C-matic gearbox, a three-speed manually controlled syncromesh gearbox with automatically declutching hydraulic torque converter.

Similar in design to Porsche’s ‘Sportamatic’ gearbox, it required the driver to still operate a gear lever, either choosing to stay in a single range or swapping gears as required, and all without the use of a traditional clutch pedal.

Naturally the suspension was the highlight of the Citroën, with its unique hydro-pneumatic system that automatically self-levelled regardless of load or road surface, and there was even a height adjustment control allowing you to adjust the height as appropriate when traversing rough surfaces.

Although complex in design, the system was actually quite simple in application, particularly as it had been in use since 1955 and had been well sorted by the arrival of the CX 2400. Indeed Mercedes-Benz used the system in their top-of-the-line models, and even Rolls Royce used a similar system.

But most important was the execution of the suspension system, and it was quite literally unparalleled in providing the ultimate in comfort ride and tenacious handling. The CX 2400 featured fully-powered steering – not simply power assisted steering, making it light as a feather at slow speeds and when parking, but becoming more direct as speed increased.

Braking was provided by 4 wheel disc brakes, also fully powered, a proportioning valve being fitted to the rear wheels and anti-dive geometry being fitted to the front wheels. So good was the balance and handling of the car, may though it deserved more power.

The models imported to Australia were brimming with improvements to make them better suited to the local conditions, these improvements including strengthening of both body and suspension components, along with extra dust protection, rear sun blinds and sun visors. It also came standard with plenty of kit; additional to the powered steering and power brakes came AM/FM radio cassette player, air horns, air-conditioning, electric windows and optional leather upholstery.

Naturally the design was an evolution of past Citroën greats, that had already set the benchmark for aerodynamic design and visual beauty. It was in every way a great car, and could well become a highly desirable collectible classic in future years.

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