1965 Citroën DS21 Le Dandy Coupé
Coachwork by Henri Chapron
Chassis no. 4272007
Just as it had done 21 years previously with the revolutionary 'Traction Avant', Citroën 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 Décapotable (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 Citroën, 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 coupés, 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 Citroëns 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.
Parallèlement aux cabriolets Citroën « D » dits d'usine, le carrossier Henri Chapron proposa ses propres modèles dont quelques coupés et le plus réussi fut « Le Dandy » produit à une cinquantaine d'exemplaires de 1960 à 1972. Cette voiture non restaurée, une des plus rares Citroën DS 21 hors série signée Chapron, est peinte en marron et noir avec intérieur en cuir noir et moquettes rouge, tableau de bord Jaeger et boîte manuelle à quatre rapports. Elle affiche actuellement 41,765 km au compteur et possède ses papiers d'immatriculation néerlandais.
100,000 - 150,000
£86,000 - 130,000
US$ 130,000 - 200,000
- Please note that this car is a Citroën DS 19, not a DS 21 as stated in the catalogue.
Veuillez noter que cette voiture est une Citroën DS 19 et non pas une DS 21 comme mentionné au catalogue.
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