Waitrose bx fleet Aug '88

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Waitrose bx fleet Aug '88

Post by simonbx17 » Wed Feb 08, 2012 5:47 pm

For the first time ever there was a mass fleet renewal, August 1988 at Bracknell outside the workshops known as CVW, 17 BX's in one go plus some Escorts. Citroen were busting a gut to get into fleets and were apparently offering silly prices. My dad was taking quite a few photos for Waitrose at the time so added these to my 'catalogue'!
Such a mass renewal was never repeated so this occasion was unique.
Dad got a feeling he'd already picked mine up (white BX F reg.) and parked it in the main car park so it might not be in the photo.

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00' Fraud Mondeo 2.0 ghia x......i know couldn't resist a bargain.
99' Peugeot 306 1.4 lx. nicely spec'd.
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93' xm 2.1 turbo D saloon 203.000mls has been sold to "citroenxm".

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Post by Way2go » Wed Feb 08, 2012 6:01 pm

Good historic photo's those, Simon. :D

Do you know what the mix of models were within the 17 ? I mean, did they differentiate the spec dependent on the drivers job function?
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Post by simonbx17 » Wed Feb 08, 2012 6:25 pm

Way2go wrote:Good historic photo's those, Simon. :D

Do you know what the mix of models were within the 17 ? I mean, did they differentiate the spec dependent on the drivers job function?
i'm not sure with regards to spec inrelation to job title i'll have double check with dad on this, some of his college's did get turbo's.

From memory, these where mostly 17RD's but they did have a few DTR turbo's. including an estate which introduced my as a kid to the power of bx turbo power.

i also remember the introduction wasn't smooth as a few of them suffered from their exhaust's chaffing through hydraulic pipes (power steering pipe's i think) and yes they were spec'd with power steering!!

This is where my love affair started for the bx.

Waitrose did go on to supply zx's, xantia's and C5's he also recalls riding in the managing director's xm!
Current.
00' Fraud Mondeo 2.0 ghia x......i know couldn't resist a bargain.
99' Peugeot 306 1.4 lx. nicely spec'd.
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93' xm 2.1 turbo D saloon 203.000mls has been sold to "citroenxm".

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Post by Tim Leech » Wed Feb 08, 2012 9:58 pm

Doest the Ford look old hat in comparison! :D

Great photo, my dads old E plate 19RD was one of a fleet of about 40!
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Post by saintjamesy89 » Wed Feb 08, 2012 10:21 pm

Do I spot a mk2 astra 4th car along? I'm on my netbook so difficult to see. looks just like mine, mexico red 8)
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Post by Tim Leech » Wed Feb 08, 2012 10:23 pm

Looks to me to be a Mk4 Escort.
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Post by Dollywobbler » Wed Feb 08, 2012 10:27 pm

Aye. Deffo a Mk4 Escort, though the Mk3 Orion (second car in) is confusing me a bit. That wouldn't have been new in 1988 would it?

EDIT - Actually a Mk1 Orion, based on the Mk3 Escort.

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Re: Waitrose bx fleet Aug '88

Post by simonbx17 » Thu Feb 09, 2012 4:01 pm

simonbx17 wrote:For the first time ever there was a mass fleet renewal, August 1988 at Bracknell outside the workshops known as CVW, 17 BX's in one go plus some Escorts. Citroën were busting a gut to get into fleets and were apparently offering silly prices. My dad was taking quite a few photos for Waitrose at the time so added these to my 'catalogue'!
Such a mass renewal was never repeated so this occasion was unique.
Dad got a feeling he'd already picked mine up (white BX F reg.) and parked it in the main car park so it might not be in the photo.

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more info from dad........

One or two Heads of Departments got XM's, they had a wider range of choice, us lower down got 1.9RD's, one or two who needed automatics got petrols (not sure of engine size, definitely NOT 1.4's) one spec up from an equivalent RD, they had a glazed panel behind the C pillar (TRS/i). I did have a DTR turbo estate pool car which flew, in fact on a hump bridge near Tamworth I had all 4 wheels off the road and my mate hit his head on the roof lining not realising how fast they were !!
1990 was the last mass influx of BX's and they were all gone by about 1994 and we had mainly Vauxhalls, ZX's then Xantias.
I can let you have the BX pictures one at a time if you want.


I was just going to update you- most of those shown would have been 17RD's, including mine, 19RD's were for those who did 20,000+miles .
That batch was supplied direct from Citroen UK in Slough, only did later batches come through Concorde Wokingham.
Current.
00' Fraud Mondeo 2.0 ghia x......i know couldn't resist a bargain.
99' Peugeot 306 1.4 lx. nicely spec'd.
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93' xm 2.1 turbo D saloon 203.000mls has been sold to "citroenxm".

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1985 CITROEN BX 19GT C1TBX
1991 CITROEN BX 19TZI AUTO A/C BXi 19
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Post by Tim Leech » Thu Feb 09, 2012 4:10 pm

My 16TRS came from Concorde Garage in Wokingham!

BX Autos were only available as 16TRS/19TRS by that age so I imagine it was the former.

Great story, thanks for sharing it with us. :D
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1991 BX 19TZI Auto A/C
1994 Xantia 1.8i SX
1972 Morris Marina 1.8 SDL
1979 Rover SD1 V8-S
1980 Morris Marina 1.7HL
2002 Rover 75 CDTi Connossieur SE AUTO Nav
2003 Rover 25 1.6i XL 5 DR

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Post by simonbx17 » Thu Feb 09, 2012 4:53 pm

Roverman wrote:My 16TRS came from Concorde Garage in Wokingham!

BX Autos were only available as 16TRS/19TRS by that age so I imagine it was the former.

Great story, thanks for sharing it with us. :D
No problem.
My Citroen mechanic in my pocket first started out at Concorde!!
pm the reg no. you never know! :D
Current.
00' Fraud Mondeo 2.0 ghia x......i know couldn't resist a bargain.
99' Peugeot 306 1.4 lx. nicely spec'd.
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93' xm 2.1 turbo D saloon 203.000mls has been sold to "citroenxm".

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1985 CITROEN BX 19GT C1TBX
1991 CITROEN BX 19TZI AUTO A/C BXi 19
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Post by Tim Leech » Thu Feb 09, 2012 9:19 pm

No need to Pm details, its quite a well known car on here anyway.

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Note the concorde number plates!
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1991 BX 19TZI Auto A/C
1994 Xantia 1.8i SX
1972 Morris Marina 1.8 SDL
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1980 Morris Marina 1.7HL
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Post by frog » Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:15 am

Roverman wrote:No need to Pm details, its quite a well known car on here anyway.


Note the concorde number plates!
Gosh that 16 is beautiful. Makes me want to get my olympic blue TZi up to standard.

Any chance someone can send me some fogs and a front splitter?
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Post by Paul296 » Fri Feb 10, 2012 3:18 am

frog wrote:Any chance someone can send me some fogs and a front splitter?
Yeah, but the fogs don't work - do they? Having said that, everytime I ask myself ; 'whats the nicest looking BX you can possibly think of', WTF pops straight into my mind - it is truly lovely. (personally, I'd get some proper Bosch wiper blades instead of those trendy hyper-glidey wipey things - SO not 'period'! :D

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Post by simonbx17 » Fri Feb 10, 2012 5:22 am

i was going to say WTF..........

GOSH that's lovely bx, that has to be one of the best colours citroen ever made!! :D

just think my mechanic probably serviced that :shock:
Current.
00' Fraud Mondeo 2.0 ghia x......i know couldn't resist a bargain.
99' Peugeot 306 1.4 lx. nicely spec'd.
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93' xm 2.1 turbo D saloon 203.000mls has been sold to "citroenxm".

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1980 Morris Marina 1.7HL DBV468W
1985 CITROEN BX 19GT C1TBX
1991 CITROEN BX 19TZI AUTO A/C BXi 19
1994 CITROEN XANTIA 1.8 SXi M908HRY
2003 Rover 25 1.6i XL L33CHT
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Post by Tim Leech » Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:16 am

simonbx17 wrote: GOSH that's lovely bx, that has to be one of the best colours Citroën ever made!! :D

just think my mechanic probably serviced that :shock:
Quite agree on the colour Simon, it took me a while to get one that colour, it was serviced by Concorde for the first few few years and then BL Autos. In 2005 at the age of 16 it had done 22,000 miles :lol:

The foglamps arent wired up yet, but I have the switches etc for it, so when the better weather comes....
1963 VW BEETLE 1200
1985 BX 19GT Mk1
1991 BX 19TZI Auto A/C
1994 Xantia 1.8i SX
1972 Morris Marina 1.8 SDL
1979 Rover SD1 V8-S
1980 Morris Marina 1.7HL
2002 Rover 75 CDTi Connossieur SE AUTO Nav
2003 Rover 25 1.6i XL 5 DR