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1963 CITROEN DS - €Auction

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Just as it had done 21 years previously with the revolutionary 'Traction Avant', Citroen 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 Citroen'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 Decapotable (convertible), the latter created by the celebrated Parisian coachbuilder Henri Chapron. The arrival of the Citroen DS in 1955 presented Chapron with a fresh opportunity that would result in his name being forever linked with this remarkable car. His first convertibles were produced independently of Citroen but the factory eventually gave the project its blessing, the factory-approved Decapotables being built on the longer, stronger chassis of the ID Break (Estate). In total, 1,365 (factory) convertibles were made with either the DS 19 or DS 21 engine between 1960 and 1971, while Chapron built a further 389 of his own, the last in 1973. First registered in May 1963, this stunning example was first registered to Switzerland when new. The DS has enjoyed a highly comprehensive restoration which is supported by a photographic record. Such is the quality of the finished car that this example was chosen by the publishers of Classic and Sportscar to be photographed in their studios in London. Beautifully finished in Metallic Grey with a Wine Red leather interior, the car presents itself very well indeed. DS Cabriolets are highly prized by collectors, and this example must rank as one of the very best. View 1963 Citroen DS Cabriolet by Chapron on www.coys.co.uk for further details.

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  • Transmission 69197354786223e29b85070a0695cc247a4c2b215c743673c2d02e864b4cd687 N/A
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  • RefCode: TA1062596

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