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
Nance saysDecember 5, 2008 at 10:36 am
Was it a three-on-the-tree stick shift? I loved three-on-the-tree. I also love four-on-the-floor, five-on-the-floor and anything else involving a clutch. People around her (Detroit!) think I’m insane. Shows what they know.
Emily saysDecember 5, 2008 at 11:07 am
That is a gorgeous car. Whoever said the French didn’t know what they were doing definately was wrong.
4dbirds saysDecember 5, 2008 at 11:49 am
Was bossy’s dad in the military or foreign service?
LIanne/Celia, darling saysDecember 5, 2008 at 2:44 pm
My first car was a 1964 Mercedes we bought in Germany and drove around Europe for a year and then shipped home.
When I finally sold it in 1986, I sold it for more than my parents paid for it.
Ree (the other one) saysDecember 5, 2008 at 4:36 pm
As much as I love my family (most of them anyway), I’d love to have been Bossy’s sister.
Reeb saysDecember 5, 2008 at 5:46 pm
The only time I ever dated two guys in the same time period (I’m not on top of it enough to do that for long), one of the guys had a Citroen. Now that you mention it, I sorta remember that glide-y feeling. I mostly dated him because of the car.
What was Bossy’s fam doing in France? Regale us with that tale, sometime pls.
Biddy saysDecember 6, 2008 at 1:12 am
i love it! i also think 3 on the tree is something everyone should learn how to drive. actually, i think drivers ed should be taught with STANDARD vehicles. it kills me to know people that can’t drive a stick
annabanana saysDecember 6, 2008 at 9:13 am
Wow! You actually had one – I always loved those cars … I love driving a manual transmission – especially the 3 on the tree.
father muskrat saysDecember 6, 2008 at 3:04 pm
My next door neighbors have that car! They love it. Always turns heads to cruise around Atlanta and Decatur.
cartoongoddess saysDecember 6, 2008 at 11:05 pm
That car, is the space tuna.
Alwyn saysDecember 6, 2008 at 11:41 pm
My sister and I once spotted this guy driving a Citroen in L.A. and said, “You’re so hot. You’ve got great taste.” Then we looked again and said, “You’re DAVID BYRNE!!!” Then we chased him through Nichols Canyon (although he didn’t know he was being chased).