The Citroën was Bossy’s family car growing up, although hers was burgundy. It was a 1970, and Bossy’s family of four purchased it in France and had it shipped home because it was 1970 and it was actually cheaper to do that than buy a new car at home and look how cool it was.
This car comes equipped with a hydraulic system, so when you start the engine the car rises — first the back and then the front. Or was it the front and then the back? Bossy hates to lose these details that consumed her every day for two decades. But Bossy does remember this: a car that rises back to front or the other way around garners a lot of attention on the city street. Usually in the form of, “Yo, does that thing float?”
Other facts: the stick shift was located on the steering column. And this is the car Bossy and her brother used when they were learning how to drive.
When Bossy’s parents sold this car, it had over 200,000 miles on it, most of those miles accrued while trying to find a parking space on the streets surrounding their apartment building.
citroen in chinatown, december 08