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The Boston "BX GTi" 2002

     

Plan was to travel to the 12th ICCCR in Boston/USA in 2002 in this car. But a change of plans made that I sold it, and focus on the Lomax 424.

A 1987 CitroŽn BX GTi
Fuel injected 1905cc engine, 125 horsepower at 5.500 revs. and a top of 198 kms/h.
 It is a full option car with electric operating windows front and rear, automatic sunroof, central locking with remote-control, black velvet interior and front sport seats. Big alloys, a rear spoiler and integrated foglights to make it complete.
It is one of the first produced GTi's, successor of the Sport with the new front and white blinkers. A true classic within time.

I first spotted the car in the back of a garage of a car-dealer in 1995. A few years later the owner finally sold it to me. The car had been standing still for 5 years because of a broken driveshaft and no amateurs willing to invest in it.

I got him the necessary parts to get it back on the road. Besides the driveshaft, the gearbox was replaced, as wel as a new clutch fitted. The car had 147.000 kms on the clock, but invoices showed that a low-mileage (+/- 50.000kms) engine had been fitted a few months before the standstill.

bxgti_dash.jpg (86633 bytes)The clock shows the actual mileage of the vehicle at the time I bought it. Nowadays it is turned back to approximately 70.000kms, to reflect the state of the engine.

bxgti_velg.jpg (427577 bytes) Cleaned up it looked already a lot better. Especially the 15inch alloys with 195/50 tyres give it that sporty look.

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I fitted a windjammer over the sunroof, added a touch of wood to the steering and replaced the rear lights by darkgreen ones. The exhaust received a chrome finishing.  int.jpg (34309 bytes)rearleft.jpg (32832 bytes)
This rare accessory will be fixed to the front hood.
And a towing hook protects the rear bumper from parking damage.
I had the following parts renewed or fixed:
  • clutch
  • gearbox and drive-axle
  • battery, sparkplugs and HT-leads, as wel as the  delco
  • rear-brakes
  • front windscreen
  • radio-controlled remote control instead of the infra-red one
  • ...

The car passed the Belgium Technical Control (MOT). Still a lot of small things to fix, and no time to do it, and no place to keep the car, I passed it on to Dave.

So, as a daily driver nowadays, I'm having fun with the Sunny Visa !

 

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