Citroën GSA Home Page

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GSA front view

"Helena"


The Citroën GSA was built between 1980 and 1985 and is (was) a modernized version of the Citroën GS. The sedan version is a streamlined hatchback with a 4-cylinder air-cooled boxer engine and hydropneumatic suspension. There's also a station-wagon version, and since the whole rear suspension package fits under the floor, the baggage compartment is enormous compared to the small size of the car. The hydropneumatic suspension gives the car a very smooth ride, as well as the possibility of adjusting the height of the car from the driver's seat. This comes in handy when driving over bad roads, or to ease wheel and oil changes.

This home page is a personal account of my own relationship with these strange cars, of which I own one (and have owned two previously). There are quite a few odd snippets of technical information in here, but from my personal view as a Citroën enthusiast and not too much of a mechanic.

Compared to the GS the rear end has been redesigned on the GSA (the GS looks the same but is actually more of a standard sedan with a small trunk), and the interior has been modernised. In particular, the instrumentation deserves mentioning...it's usually perceived as being very futuristic (especially by unsuspecting passengers riding in the car), but after a short period of getting used to actually turns out to be very ergonomic.

Some people have called the GSA and her larger companion, the CX, 'the last real Citroëns', with odd instruments, some totally impossible design solutions, and extreme comfort. When they work it's wonderful - when they start acting up it's a great cause for loud cussing and swearing...

The GSA comes in a several versions. The engine is, just like in the GS, a 4-cylinder air-cooled boxer made by Citroën, and (at least in Sweden) the GSA came with two different engine sizes, though not at the same time. All versions have the possibility of being hand-cranked, not bad for a car made in the 1980's!


Other Citroën links:

The Swedish Citroën Car Club has a homepage with info on the club (in Swedish).

A wealth of Citroën links can be found at Citroën World.

Blair Anderson in Winnipeg, Canada, maintains The Citroën Connection.

The British Citroën Club has a good summary of a lot of Citroën models, including the GS and GSA, but also more unusual ones such as the Axel and LN.

Citroën has done well in Denmark, and you can read about a particular GSA nicknamed 'Manger Tout' on Jens Jakob Andersen's page. Lots of GSA pictures!

If you're interested in delving deeper into the hydraulic system, check out this page on how it works.

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