Checking out Dutch classic cars: Volvo 480ES, Citroën CX and more

As we were driving along towards Maastricht from the point where the three countries, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany meet, I did a double take from the back seat of the black turbodiesel Audi A4 in which we were riding. “Hey, a CX! And an old Skoda! Should we turn around and check them out?”
After finding a semi-suitable parking spot, we could ogle at the weirdness. Just how good could a roadside Citroën CX be?

I’m an enormous fan of the Citroën CX, and while this wasn’t the perfect specimen (that would be a silver, facelifted CX GTi with plastic bumpers), I was still all over this one. The sky blue car here is an early, Pallas-spec car with most likely a two-litre engine. The asking price according to an A4 printout on the passenger seat is/was 3,5k euros, which isn’t bad for a seemingly rust-free CX.
I tried to peek at the underbody and the usual rusty bits, but the CX appeared to have held up well. Of course, there’s not much space under a CX to do detective work.
Early interior with the bathroom scale gauges.
The Skoda next to the CX was equally nice-looking. The ’70s green paint was lustrous and the little Czechoslovakian car seems to have only done 65 000 km.
I found an ad for the Skoda, and it seems to be a 105 Estelle model from 1981. That would give you 45 horsepower from the 1050cc engine. It’s not the most substantial car in the world, but it’s definitely quirky.
The 480ES parked just close by, on the forecourt, was a nice-looking example and certainly quirky to boot. It had been partially resprayed and the plastics on the front weren’t too well aligned, but at almost 250 000 km you would expect one to have had a little bit of cosmetic work done. I believe the rear wheelarches had developed rust at some point, and gotten redone.
There are a lot of great details about the 480ES, for example the glass hatch and the horn-shaped taillights.
At another garage near Beek, we found this wonderfully beige Alfa Romeo Alfetta from 1983. Light colours suit the classic sport saloon so well.
And it’s even saddled with the two-litre twin cam engine, which should be a hoot. According to the garage, the rust free car was imported from Italy in 2007.
But the star of the forecourt was this Monte Carlo Yellow, late-edition Saab 900 Cabriolet. Leather seats, graphite-coloured wheels and impeccable condition.
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