Lot 515: Citroen DS19 D�capotable
Just as it had done 21 years previously with the revolutionary 'Traction Avant', Citro�n stunned the world again in 1955 with the launch of the strikingly styled 'DS'. The newcomer's startling appearance had been determined by the requirements of aerodynamic efficiency, while beneath the shark-like, low-drag bodyshell there was all-independent, self-levelling, hydro-pneumatic suspension plus power-operated brakes, clutch and steering. No European car would match the DS's ride quality for several years, and the fundamental soundness of Citro�n's ahead-of-its-time hydro-pneumatic suspension is demonstrated by its survival in present-day top-of-the-range models. In 1966 the DS's original 1,911cc, overhead-valve, long-stroke engine was replaced by a short-stroke 1,985cc unit, also available in 2,175cc and 2,347cc versions, while other developments included swivelling headlights, fuel injection and a five-speed gearbox. Other models offered alongside the original DS were the ID (a simplified, cheaper version), the cavernous Safari estate and the two-door D�capotable (convertible). One of the most stylish cars of the 1960s, the latter was the creation of Parisian coachbuilder, Henri Chapron, who called his first such model 'La Croisette'. At first the conversion was not approved by Citro�n, forcing Chapron to buy complete cars rather than rolling chassis, but eventually the factory relented and went on to produce its own usine version on the longer chassis of the ID Break (estate) model. Chapron continued to build his own Le Caddy and Palm Beach convertibles together with various limousines and coup�s, the most popular of the latter being 'Le Dandy'. Delivered new in France, this beautiful example of one of Chapron's rare coachbuilt Citro�ns was completely restored to original specification between 2007 and 2012 (invoices available) having been purchased by the current (fourth) owner in 2006. Works carried out include rebuilding the engine to 'as new' condition; restoring the body using new panels; re-trimmed the interior with leather of correct original colour; and renewing the transmission and electrics. Offered with German registration papers, it also comes with an original DS Cabriolet handbook and copies of two previous French Cartes Grises.
Grand Palais Sale|
Bonhams, Paris, France
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||€162150|
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