The nose of the D dropped down under the sudden weight transfer, scooped up the motorcyclist and deposited him into the car’s back seat via the windshield.
Andy never changed from this experience, and we learned to triple-check his work whenever any of us had to hand over his vehicles.
Eventually I got him to focus on the GS and we concluded a sale. He wanted only one extra, a tow-bar and hitch.
The first clue that something was amiss came when the customer said – with disdain – that the leather was not good enough.
The DS looked like a cork in a bottle, but a cork that also contained the parents, their several kids and a roof-rack of the family’s luggage.
He started the car, selected first gear, and a loud “CRUNCH” sound emanated from under the hood.
On that beautiful summer’s morning, I took a call from Sir Robert requesting I show him and his family a Citroën Safari. Definitely one of my best days selling Citröens.
Taken together, the many brands of Stellantis have great promise. The speed and relative ease with which Stellantis’ car plants across the world can now switch to building a model from a sister company miles away offers great flexibility to respond quickly to changing demands.
I encountered many unusual things when I sold Citroën cars in the early 1970s in England, but none more so than the GS sale I will never forget.