Interesting car this!
I picked it up from a great bloke and Citroen Car Club member today.
The XM is the last (and least successful) in the unbroken line of big Citroens.
First was the Traction Avant (1934-55)
Then the legendary DS (1955-74),
and the XM’s predecessor the CX (1974-89).
This XM is from the last full year of production and had the then-new ES9 V6 which would later appear in the Renault Clio V6, Peugeot 406 Coupé and (in highly boosted form) in the beautiful Venturi 300 Atlantique (pictured, just because… Wow!)
Earlier XMs usually had 4-cylinder petrol or diesel engines. An older 90 degree V6 was available as well but was not very popular.
There are two very cool things about this car, both of which were carried out by the seller over the last year or so.
Firstly, after the automatic gearbox packed in he replaced it with a manual transmission out of a Peugeot 406 which also shared this engine. He had a drive shaft custom made to fit.
It’s very unusual to find V6 XMs in the top Exclusive trim level with anything other than the fairly undesirable 3 or, later, 4 speed torque converter automatic. So this is a great bonus.
Secondly, he replaced the front and rear bumper, spoiler,
alloy wheels and the whole interior including the dash and seats to those of an earlier Series 1 car, so that it superficially resembles a 1989-94 car.
I already have a Series 1 1993 2.1TD XM in grey metallic, so it’s nice that I now have a (superficially at least!) matching pair.
Anyway, here are some pics!