French Fun: 1993 Citroën ZX Volcane 5-Door

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September 6, 2023 Update – The high bid did not meet the seller’s reserve price, so we’ve moved this vehicle to our “Buy Now or Make Offer” page.

GuysWithRides.com is pleased to offer Lot 246, a rare-in-the-US 1993 Citroën ZX Volcane 5-Door 5-Speed, on behalf of the current caretaker.

Bidding opened Wednesday, August 23, 2023, and continues through 4:00 PM ET on Wednesday, September 6, 2023.

This 1993 Citroën ZX Volcane 5-Door currently resides as part of a collection currently located in Tucson, Arizona.

The Deets

Year 1993
Make Citroën
Model ZX Volcane 5-Door
Location Tucson, Arizona
Mileage 107,000
VIN VF7N2B60002B61857
Exterior Color Flint Gray
Interior Color Gray Cloth
Engine 1.9-Liter Inline-Four
Transmission 5-Speed Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Fuel Gas

High Bid: $1,500 (Reserve Not Met)

The 1993 Citroën ZX Volcane was a variant of the Citroën ZX, a compact family car produced by the French automaker Citroën from 1991 to 1998. The ZX Volcane was a sportier and more performance-oriented version of the standard ZX model, designed to appeal to enthusiasts and drivers looking for a bit more excitement in their everyday driving experience. It was part of Citroën’s effort to inject some sporty dynamics into its lineup and compete with other hot hatchbacks of its time.

The exterior design of the 1993 Citroën ZX Volcane maintained the basic shape and lines of the standard ZX model, which featured a sleek and aerodynamic hatchback body style. However, the Volcane model had some distinctive design cues that set it apart.

These included:

  1. The ZX Volcane featured sporty elements like body-colored bumpers, side skirts, and wheel arch extensions, giving the car a more aggressive stance.

  2. The car was equipped with stylish alloy wheels, usually larger in size than those found on the standard ZX, contributing to its more athletic appearance.

  3. The Volcane model was typically adorned with unique badging that denoted its performance-oriented nature.

Inside, the Citroën ZX Volcane featured a blend of sportiness and comfort. The interior design was more driver-focused compared to the standard model, with some features that distinguished it:

  1. The front sport seats were often bolstered and designed to offer better lateral support during spirited driving.

  2. The steering wheel featured a smaller, thicker, and sportier design, making it easier to grip during enthusiastic driving.

The performance aspect of the 1993 Citroën ZX Volcane was the most significant differentiator from the standard model. It was available with a range of engines, with the more powerful options delivering enhanced performance:

  1. Depending on the market, the ZX Volcane could be powered by various petrol and diesel engines, ranging from smaller displacement to more potent units.

  2. The Volcane often featured a more performance-tuned suspension setup compared to the standard ZX, offering better handling and road holding characteristics.

  3. Combining a more powerful engine and enhanced suspension meant the Volcane could offer a more engaging driving experience, making it enjoyable for enthusiasts who appreciated spirited driving.

The Citroën ZX Volcane, like many other sporty variants of popular models, had a relatively niche appeal. It aimed to capture the attention of driving enthusiasts looking for a blend of practicality and performance. While not as famous as some of its contemporaries, the ZX Volcane contributed to Citroën’s reputation for innovative engineering and offered a unique option in the compact car segment.

The 1993 Citroën ZX Volcane featured here is a Colombian-market example finished in gray over color-coordinated cloth upholstery and powered by a 1.9-liter inline-four paired with a five-speed manual transaxle. The car was acquired by the current owner in 2018, and subsequent work included a repaint, an engine rebuild, and overhauls of the brakes and suspension before the car was imported to the US in 2022. Equipment includes 14” alloy wheels, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, fog lights, body-color bumpers and trim, a power sunroof, power front windows, air conditioning, and an Alpine CD receiver. The seller now offers this ZX Volcane on behalf of the owner with a 1993 purchase invoice, manufacturer’s literature, and an Arizona title.

This example left the factory finished in Flint Gray and is said to have been repainted in 2020. The body-color bumpers and side trim are accented in red, and additional features include yellow fog lights, a single front windshield wiper, a power sunroof, a hatch spoiler, and a rear window wiper. The seller notes scratches on the front door windows, crazing in the taillights, and cracks in the rear bumper trim as well as paint chips around the car that are shown up close in the gallery.

Silver-finished 14” alloy wheels wear double-chevron center caps and are mounted with 185/60 Continental Power Contact 2 tires showing 2019 date codes. The suspension features MacPherson struts up front while out back is a rear beam with passive rear-wheel steering and trailing arms connected to transverse torsion bars. Stopping power is provided by four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes. Service in 2019 reportedly included rebuilding the rear beam as well as replacing the brake rotors and pads at all four corners in addition to the front wheel bearings and sway bar bushings.

The cabin is trimmed in gray cloth and features front bucket seats and a split-folding rear bench that can be adjusted fore and aft. Color-coordinated door panel inserts and carpets complement the seats, and the dashboard and steering wheel wear red accents. Additional appointments include air conditioning, a concealed Alpine CD receiver, power front windows, Sparco aluminum pedal covers, central door locks, ZX Volcane-branded floor mats, and a retractable rear window curtain. The heater core was replaced in 2019 and the air conditioning system was recharged in 2021, according to the seller. The driver-side mirror adjustment mechanism is damaged.

The leather-wrapped steering wheel frames Jaeger instrumentation consisting of a 240-km/h speedometer, a tachometer with a 6,600-rpm redline, and auxiliary gauges. The six-digit mechanical odometer shows 171k kilometers (~106k miles), approximately 6k of which have been added under current ownership.

The 1.9-liter XU9 inline-four features electronic fuel injection and a single overhead camshaft. An engine rebuild performed in 2019 is said to have included replacement of the following parts and components:

  • Crankshaft bearings and oil seals
  • Connecting rod bearings
  • Valve stem seals
  • Camshaft seal
  • Head gasket
  • Timing belt and water pump
  • Throttle position sensor
  • Ignition module
  • Engine mount

Additional work performed that year included servicing the radiator and refurbishing the starter motor, according to the seller. The ignition coil and lead wires were reportedly replaced in 2020 along with the splash shield in 2021. The seller notes that the car is equipped with an oil level gauge that illuminates briefly upon startup.

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If you have any questions about this 1993 Citroën ZX Volcane 5-Door for sale, please leave a comment below or feel free to call Rudy directly at 877-468-6497.  Thank you for looking and happy bidding!

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