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Lot 253: Citroen DS21 Le Dandy Coup�

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'. 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. 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 cabriolets together with various limousines and coup�s, the most popular of the latter being Le Dandy, approximately 50 of which were completed between 1960 and 1972. This un-restored example of one of Chapron's rarer coachbuilt Citro�ns is finished in maroon/black with black leather upholstery and red carpets, Jaeger dashboard and has the four-speed manual transmission. The car currently displays a total of 41,765 kilometres on the odometer and is offered with Netherlands registration papers.

Lot Details
Auction The Monaco Sale
Bonhams, Monaco
Lot Number253
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Condition rating0
Registration number
Chassis number4272007
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2