The Citroen AX GT was transformed into a latter-day Mini Cooper thanks to the addition of the brilliant all aluminium TU-Series engine in 1.4-litre twin-choke carburettor form.
‘Rocky Marciano’ was how the advertisers described it, and they had a point: it was a featherweight that packed a giant-killing punch. Despite having a mere 85bhp – in the era of the 150bhp-plus 16V super-hot hatchback – the GT could sprint to 60mph in 8.5 seconds, and stay with the hot hatch grandees thanks to its 720kg kerb-weight.
Showroom fresh from being fully recommissioned by specialists ‘French Connection’ this early desirable carburettor engine car with just 29,456 miles must be the lowest mileage, original example available today, according to ‘How many left ‘ only 29 UK cars were left registered in 2017!
Finished in metallic silver this GT wears its original scarlet stripe with pride along with some ‘AXGT’ decals. There’s an extremely modest pair of rear spoilers (the boot-mounted item is almost invisible!)
Having only three former keepers and full Citroen Service history from new until 2005 when stored, this 1990 GT retains its originality with the Blaupunkt Boston Radio/cassette and spotless interior with its array of cubby holes and integrated wine bottle holders in the door along with a full Book pack, all manuals and keys.
The recommission service included a full engine service – oil, oil filter, air filter and spark plugs and fuel flush.
Full new cambelt kit along with a new water pump and anti-freeze and drive belt, new battery, new genuine fitment rear silencer.
Front and rear brakes were replaced, shoes, discs, pads, calipers, cylinders and handbrake cables.
New copper brake lines from front to rear.
To preserve the car for another 28 years the wheel arches have been protected with clear rust preventative.
The wheels were refurbished, diamond cut and fitted with new Michelin 165/65/14 MXL tyres to complete the period look.