Lot 260: Citroen DS 19 Decapotable
After eighteen years of development as the successor to the venerable Traction Avant, the DS 19 was introduced on October 5th 1955 at the Paris Motor Show. The car's appearance and innovative engineering captured the imagination of the public and the automobile industry almost overnight; 743 orders were taken in the first 15 minutes of the show and orders for the first day amounted to 12,000. Far from being just a fascinating technology in search of a purpose, journalists noted how the DS dramatically pushed the envelope in terms of ride and handling. Despite the rather leisurely acceleration afforded by its small four cylinder engine, the DS was successful in rallying where sustained speeds on poor surfaces are paramount. Notably, the Citroen was placed third in the 1999 Car of the Century competition, recognising the world's most influential automotive designs; first and second places went to the Ford Model T and the Mini, respectively. Notably, the DS also netted fifth place in Automobile Magazine's '100 Coolest Cars' list of 2005. The rare decapotable (for decapitated) Cabriolet version was the rarest and most collectible of all DS variants, offered from 1958 until 1973. These were built in limited numbers by French coachbuilder Henri Chapron on behalf of the Citroën factory. In addition, Chapron also produced a few coupés, non-works cabriolets and special saloons. Presented here is a wonderful example of the rare factory Cabriolet. Believed to have had only three owners from new, the car has always been exceptionally well maintained. Restored between 2001 and 2005, the vendor describes the car to be in very good condition throughout, and is finished in Blanc Carrare with burgundy interior. Unusually the first owner of this car fitted it with a supercharger, which is still fitted but not connected. A most elegant and useable open tourer.
Coys, Essen, Germany
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