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French Friday: Une CX très longue

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I always loved the CX. The most glorious saloon of my youth. And in my youth there still was this other big “thing” in the east, that great divider of east and west: the iron curtain.

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And on that other side you’d still see lots of very weird cars, usually propelled by a two stroke. But of course, the heads of government can’t be transported in those. Sure there were big Russian limos but somehow the DDR leaders got stuff from France. And Sweden but that’s for another time.

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So is it a CX Prestige, the longest CX available from the Citroën factory? Nope. The DDR went to a great bodybuilder: Tissier.

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So it’s really, really big...

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And that must have been enough legroom for Erich Honecker as he wasn’t, well, a giant. He did order some debatable things like building the Iron Curtain. And the Schießbefehl. The order to prevent border penetration by all means including lethal force.

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But do you see what is wrong with this model? It is a Matrix 1/43 but just look at the windshield.

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Yep, the trim piece surrounding the windshield let go a bit...

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And definitely not Matrix’ best. The wheels were two-tone in real life. The Prestige logos are neatly done though. But most weird to me is the fact Matrix marketed this one as a Citroen CX Prestige Tissier Limousine DDR Honecker. I just wonder why Erich would drive around with French plates...

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Département 92 (last two digits)... That’s Hauts-de-Seine (Île-de-France), the suburbs of Paris. I know it’s one of the wealthiest parts of France but why Matrix choose this one: Beats me. Tissier built their cars in another part of Paris as well.

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And that’s it for today. Desperately in need of that weekend...

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Bon Week-End!

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