Concept Car of the Week: Citroën Xenia (1981)


Designed by the mysterious Trevor Fiore, the Citroën Xenia might be the first and only ‘Break Monocorps’?

Trevor Fiore is one of the most enigmatic names in automotive design history. A native of England, he was born Trevor Frost in 1937. In the 1950s he enrolled as an apprentice mechanic at Standard Triumph, while taking art and illustration classes. He would soon graduate to Standard’s design studios.

As the 1960s dawned, the sleek designs coming out of Italy fascinated Frost, and he traveled there to look for work, using his mother’s maiden name, Fiore, to capitalise on  his Italian heritage. He found a job at Carrozzeria Fissore, designing for a number of different smaller marques, including TVR and DeTomaso. He also worked on Fissore’s designs for DKW and Auto Union. Those were good years for Fissore, with about 200 people employed at their plant in Turin, and Trevor Frost – now Fiore – had plenty of design work on the boards.

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