The ad on Craigslist and ebay this week caused quite a stir in our North American Citroën community. Here was a C6 being offered for sale in the USA, already with road legal NY license plates and presumably a legit title ready to be transferred to the next owner (living in the USA) with no hassles.
Seems the ad caught the fancy of the folks at Jalopnik. So much so that they contacted the seller and went to see the car to do a test drive. You can read their giddy review here:
They claim that it is the only one in the USA. Possibly not. There was a dark blue C6 cruising around the Detroit area that belonged to Richard Lucki, Executive Director of PSA Peugeot Citroën. He was based in Detroit and dealt with parts sourcing for the company and was instrumental in negotiating the investment that General Motors made in PSA Peugeot Citroën, becoming a 7% stakeholder in 2012. (Which they sold 14 months later.) Richard’s C6 was supposed to leave the country but we don’t know if that ever happened.
Jalopnik also claims to the be sworn to secrecy as to how the C6 was imported. We can venture a guess; People have been known to fudge registration of cars brought into the USA that are less than 25 years old. We don’t condone it but if you want to know more about the process here’s the a link to a company in Maine that claims to be able to issue titles for grey market vehicles:
Of course we wonder why the C6 is up for sale in the first place? The owner claims to be taking delivery of a newly restored DS and a Fisker and has no room for the C6! But if the C6 is such a great car, wouldn’t the cost of garage space (which appears to be in the country and therefore we presume relatively cheap) be worth the satisfaction of continuing to drive it? What issues will the next owner have to deal with? Even if you do get it plated getting insurance is not going to be a walk in the park. And then there’s the question of maintaining the C6. Owners we know of in Europe find it a challenge to keep them operating properly. Over here – zero support whatsoever!
Still dare to be different?
Update – June 2, 2015: The car sold and the new owner, over 80 years old, has registered it!