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
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.
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
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.