Love the Buffalo mechanic story! I got my license in one of these in Ohio back in the mid 70’s. The owner was a family friend, a brilliant industrial engineer who fell in love with the car’s engineering. During driving lessons he had me take it up to speed on the interstate, let go of the steering wheel and step on the brake button. The car stopped VERY quickly, in a perfectly straight line, no skidding at all. I don’t know how it worked but apparently Citroen had a version of ABS figured out.
The car was aging, and he often had to take it 50 miles to Cleveland for service, so he decided to rebuild it and “get it right”. He rebuilt every mechanical component, and painted each system under the hood a different color. It was quite a sight! The internal engine specs were too “loose” in his opinion so he reduced some tolerances, requiring a lot of custom machine work etc. It was a sad day when the newly rebuilt engine soon failed. (Oops - he was not an automotive engineer.)
I LOVED that car - to this day the most comfortable car I’ve driven, and handled like a dream. It got stares wherever it went - most people thought it was ugly but not me - it was futuristic, like what I thought cars would evolve into. Now we live in an age of design by bumps, swoops, scoops and monster-face grills. Maybe someday we’ll get back to functional design?