Citroën entered Group B rallying with the BX in 1986. Their Competition department created 20 audacious 20 BX 4TC Evolution examples that bore little resemblance to the standard BX. Each had a very long nose because the engine (a turbocharged version of Chrysler Europe’s Simca Type 180 4-cylinder) was mounted longitudinally, unlike in the regular transverse mounted 4-cylinder engine in production BXs.
The gearbox came from the Citroën SM and it used drivetrain elements of Peugeot’s 505 Turbo Production car. The body was constructed by Heuliez.
Because of the Group B regulations, 200 street versions of the 4TC also had to be built.
Only a few BX 4TC Evolution took part in just three rounds of the World Championship: the Monte Carlo Rally, Rally Sweden and the Acropolis Rally. Unfortunately, the Citroën team lacked the time and resources to perfect the car’s development and it was not a winner.
Of the 200 BX 4TC road legal models that were intended for sale (known as the ” Series 200 “), the company was so ashamed of BX 4TC Evolution’s rally record that it bought back and destroyed as many as it could. In fact, only 62 were originally sold, and about 30 examples survive today.
This 1987 BX 4TC is offered by LBI Limited, who market their company as specialists in the sales, brokerage, and collection management of exceptional collector automobiles. Based in Pontiac, MI and with showrooms both there and in Philadelphia, they are selling this BX 4TC that its fourth owner and current consignor imported into the USA. However, their asking price is $198,000 US!
That very same 1987 BX 4TC “Series 200” (VIN: VF7XBXL0000XL0069) sold for just 52.800 € on Nov. 13, 2018 at the Osenat auction at Salon Époqu’Auto in Lyon France.
And at Gooding & Company’s auction at Pebble Beach on August 17, 2019, a 1986 BX 4TC (VIN: VF7XBXL0000XL0014) was sold for $61,600 US.
LBI’s eye-popping ask is undoubtedly because one if the 6 or 7 surviving examples of the BX 4TC Evolution was offered for sale at Artcurial’s auction on Nov. 4, 2021 where it sold for an astounding 417.200 €, becoming one of the most expensive Citroëns ever sold at auction!
Will that elevate the price of the 30 remaining “Series 200” BX 4TC too be well over 3X what they were just a couple of years ago? We shall see…
In the meantime you can view more impressive photos by LTI and read details of their BX 4TC here: https://lbilimited.com/offerings/1987-citroen-bx-4tc/