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Lot 230: Citroen DS21 D�capotable

The Monaco Sale, Bonhams (11 May 2012)

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'. Beneath the shark-like newcomer's aerodynamically efficient, 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, the fundamental soundness of Citro�n's ahead-of-its-time hydro-pneumatic suspension being demonstrated by its survival in present-day top-of-the-range models. The DS's original 1,911cc, overhead-valve, long-stroke engine was replaced in 1966 by a short-stroke 1,985cc unit, also available in 2,175cc and 2,347cc versions, while other DS 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), the latter boasting coachwork by Henri Chapron. (Chapron's first convertibles had been produced independently of Citro�n but the factory eventually gave the project it blessing). Citro�n's D�capotables were built on the longer, stronger chassis of the ID Break (Estate). In total, 1,365 usine (factory) convertibles were made with the DS19/DS21 engine between 1960 and 1971 while Chapron built a further 389 of his own, the last in 1973. We are advised that the D�capotable offered here is one of only 42 built with the superior 'green' hydraulic system and manual transmission. Other noteworthy features include a Jaeger dashboard and original FM Continental-Edison radio. Purchased in Eze on the C�te d'Azure in 2001, the DS was in totally original condition at that time and during 2001/2002 underwent a complete bodywork restoration and full mechanical overhaul, the work being carried out by marque specialist Bart Kocken in Holland. Since completion it has only been used three weeks annually for summer trips to Italy, being kept in storage the rest of the time. Finished in Royal Blue with tan leather upholstery, the car is described by the vendor as in generally excellent condition, with original interior, while the new Sonnenland convertible hood is said to be very quiet. Accompanying documentation consists of the original French Carte Grise, Netherlands registration papers and technical inspection.

Lot Details
Auction The Monaco Sale
Bonhams, Monaco
Lot Number230
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Condition rating1
Registration number
Chassis number4473044
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2