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2001 CITROEN SAXO VTR - 24,346 MILES

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This Citroen Saxo VTR is a remarkable survivor of the ‘Max Power’ era, remaining entirely original and unmodified throughout its life so far. A facelift car powered by a 98bhp 1.6-litre engine with a five-speed manual gearbox, it shows just 24,346 miles on the odometer – an uncommonly low mileage for such a car after 19 years. It was first registered in September 2001, and there is just one private keeper on the log book. The current collector owner acquired the car recently, but has not registered it in his name.

The Topaz Gold paint is quite a rare colour on the VTR, and is in good condition with only typical signs of the car’s age. The seller notes some slightly faded paint around the offside front wing and bonnet, plus some small scratches and chips around the body – as shown in the photo gallery. The 14-inch alloy wheels have some marks and blemishes in the finish that could be refurbished in due course, but like the rest of the car they are original and correct.

All of the factory-fitted badges and trims are still in place, and show very few signs of wear. It even still wears its original, dealer-branded registration plates. The exhaust tip has some surface corrosion, but a cleaner replacement exhaust back box is included in the sale. Overall, this Saxo VTR presents as a smart modern classic, with only minor imperfections.

The interior is in excellent condition, with the original patterned black fabric seats showing no real signs of wear at all, front or rear. The same fabric is found on the door trims and is in great shape, while the plastic trims have not warped or sustained any deep scratches. Everything is original right down to the stereo head unit, and the seller reports that all electrical items work correctly. The sunroof sits correctly with no leaks.

This Saxo was last serviced in June 2020 at 24,225 miles, by an independent garage that gave it an inspection and some fresh engine oil. The car also received oil changes in 2017 and 2015, while elsewhere in its history it has received a new rocker cover gasket.

Its last MOT test was in February 2020, which it passed with no advisories, and while the tyres are of unknown age the seller reports that they all have at least 5mm of tread on them. The car comes with all the original books, keys and a full service history with plenty of supporting paperwork. In short, this is about as close to buying a new Saxo VTR as you are ever likely to get today.

Whether you choose to continue preserving this time-capsule Citroen Saxo VTR, or to get behind the wheel and relive your early driving days – or to find out what you missed out on – this represents a rare yet accessible opportunity to own a very smart ‘everyman’ performance model from a fondly remembered era of car culture.

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