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Citroen GS and GSA (1970-1986)

The Citroën GS and Citroën GSA were a mid range family car first produced by Citroen in the 1970’s. The GS was produced between 1970 - 1981 the GSA, which was basically a face lifted GS, then ran from 1979 – 1986.

The GS was another classic design by Robert Opron that beat his other designed entry the Citroen SM for European Car of the Year for 1971. The GS was one of the first more luxurious and comfortable mid range cars of the day. With aerodynamic lines and in 5-door hatchback or estate it was very spacious and quite.

It came with self leveling Hydropneumatic independent suspension which gave it outstanding road holding and the renown “magic carpet” ride. It also featured 4-disc brakes and sensitive rack & pinion steering.

Performance, however, was quite limited with its air-cooled ‘boxer’ engine. Citroen with all its inovations started experimenting with the Wankel engine in cooperation with NSU and in 1974 Citroën introduced the GS Birotor. Sadly it was short lived and its demise came the following year.

The GSA arrived in late 1979, with new look plastic bumpers and was slightly longer. The interior received a makeover with the new pod like auxiliary controls that were neatly placed close to the steering wheel for easy access.

Citroen GS Dimensions

Type

Length

Width

Height

Kerb weight

 

Metric

 

4120-4190 mm

 

11610 mm

 

1349 mm

 

925 – 1140 Kg

 

Imperial

 

13’ 6” - 13’ 9”

 

5’ 3”

 

4’ 5”

 

2059 - 2513 lb

Citroen GS Petrol Engines

 

 

 

 

 

 

Engine

4 cylinder       

4 cylinder       

4 cylinder       

4 cylinder       

2 cylinder rotary

Capacity

1015 cc                           

1129 cc

1222 cc

1299 cc

1990 cc

Power

55.5 bhp                            

56 bhp

59 bhp

65 bhp

106 hp

Top speed    

92 mph                  

92.6 mph

93.8 mph

98.2

109 mph

Citroen GS How Many On The Road

Model

Number

Model

Number

 

ON THE ROAD

 

SORN’ED OF THE ROAD

GS

3

GS

2

GS CLUB

20

GS CLUB

16

GS CONFORT

2

GS CONFORT

0

GS SUPER CONFORT

1

GS SUPER CONFORT

0

GS PALLAS

12

GS PALLAS

8

GS X

2

GSX

0

GSA CLUB

3

GSA CLUB

5

GSA SPECIAL

16

GSA SPECIAL

25

GSA PALLAS

18

GSA PALLAS

16

GSA X1

2

GSA X1

3

Citroen GS Production Figures

Type

Number

Type

Number

GS  1970-1981

1,896,742

GS BIROTAR

847

GS BREAK  1971-1981

391,243

GSA

565,009

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