Citroen GS Birotor
Citroen GS Birotor
Technical Specification

Mark & Model Citroen GS Birotor
Year 1973-75
Registration plate ex France and now Guernsey
Chassis Number
Engine Number
Engine Capacity 995 cc
Transmissions Semi-automatic
Mileage 74662 Km
Body style Saloon
Interior color Brown tweed
Exterior color Gold and Bronze
Seating capacity Four
Wheels and Tyres Steel wheels
Asking Price £ 24,950
The rotary engined GS, known as the Birotor, was launched in September 1973 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It used a water-cooled, twin-rotor engine with a very respectable claimed power output of 107 bhp. The rest of the package was equally impressive, with hydro-pneumatic suspension, all-round disc brakes and semi-automatic transmission. It was regarded as a generally well-sorted car, with excellent road manners, sharing the same supple ride as the rest of the GS range, but offering better handling with less understeer and reduced body roll. There were downsides – the price was substantially more than the rest of the GS range and the car was notably thirsty, with relatively poor fuel economy. This was ultimately the Birotor’s downfall as the car’s launch was shortly followed by the 1973 Middle East crisis which led to a sharp rise in the price of oil and therefore, petrol. Production ceased in 1975 with 47 prototypes and only 847 production models built. Citroën then attempted to buy back every Birotor which had found a purchaser – probably on the basis that manufacturing and stocking spare parts for such a small number of cars sold was not a viable proposition for them. The terms of the buy-back offer were accepted by most owners of the cars and Citroen went on to destroy all unsold Birotors, all spares and every car it had re-purchased. Only a handful of owners kept their cars and it is estimated that there are only 250-300 remaining worldwide. This particular Birotor is believed to be one of the cars that was bought back by Citroen but kept by a Citroen employee before being sold to a Citroen enthusiast, whose family owned a Citroen dealership in Normandy. It was then sold to a Citroen dealership in Brittany, who kept it as part of their collection, and then had one further owner in France before being purchased by the current owner, on whose behalf we are selling the car.
An extremely rare example of Citroen's venture into the use of rotary engines, based on the NSU design, which was in production for a very short period between 1973 and 1975. This Birotor has been kept in very good condition by enthusiast owners and has covered only 74,662 Kms (46,664 miles) from new. The car is currently Guernsey registered and we can assist with shipping and importing processes if required.
Four door saloon in very good original condition, with only a couple of small blemishes in the paintwork.
Very good interior and dashboard/instruments. The seats have been re-finished in a brown tweed material.
In very good, well-maintained condition.
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