The property of David Dimbleby,1972 Citroën  DS21 EFI (see text) Pallas Saloon  Chassis no. 01FB5047 Engine no. 0581004446
Lot 314
1972 Citroën DS21 EFI (see text) Pallas Saloon
Registration no. TNF 650K Chassis no. 01FB5047 Engine no. 0581004446
Sold for £9,200 (US$ 11,648) inc. premium

Lot Details
The property of David Dimbleby,1972 Citroën  DS21 EFI (see text) Pallas Saloon  Chassis no. 01FB5047 Engine no. 0581004446 The property of David Dimbleby,1972 Citroën  DS21 EFI (see text) Pallas Saloon  Chassis no. 01FB5047 Engine no. 0581004446 The property of David Dimbleby,1972 Citroën  DS21 EFI (see text) Pallas Saloon  Chassis no. 01FB5047 Engine no. 0581004446 The property of David Dimbleby,1972 Citroën  DS21 EFI (see text) Pallas Saloon  Chassis no. 01FB5047 Engine no. 0581004446 The property of David Dimbleby,1972 Citroën  DS21 EFI (see text) Pallas Saloon  Chassis no. 01FB5047 Engine no. 0581004446 The property of David Dimbleby,1972 Citroën  DS21 EFI (see text) Pallas Saloon  Chassis no. 01FB5047 Engine no. 0581004446 The property of David Dimbleby,1972 Citroën  DS21 EFI (see text) Pallas Saloon  Chassis no. 01FB5047 Engine no. 0581004446 The property of David Dimbleby,1972 Citroën  DS21 EFI (see text) Pallas Saloon  Chassis no. 01FB5047 Engine no. 0581004446 The property of David Dimbleby,1972 Citroën  DS21 EFI (see text) Pallas Saloon  Chassis no. 01FB5047 Engine no. 0581004446 The property of David Dimbleby,1972 Citroën  DS21 EFI (see text) Pallas Saloon  Chassis no. 01FB5047 Engine no. 0581004446
The property of David Dimbleby
1972 Citroën DS21 EFI (see text) Pallas Saloon
Registration no. TNF 650K
Chassis no. 01FB5047
Engine no. 0581004446

Footnotes

  • 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'. 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 Citroën'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 Décapotable (convertible), the latter inspired by coachbuilder Henri Chapron. Right-hand drive versions were assembled in England at Citroën's Slough factory.

    This beautiful and highly desirable classic Citroën is offered for sale by David Dimbleby, the highly respected BBC Television commentator and presenter of current affairs and political programmes. Perhaps best known for chairing the BBC's long running 'Question Time' television series, he has acted as anchorman for the Corporation's General Election coverage since 1979. We are advised that there is strong anecdotal evidence that this right-hand drive car, which was imported from South Africa, was that used in the 2006 motion picture 'The Last King of Scotland' about the life of Ugandan dictator, Idi Amin.

    Purchased from DS World Ltd, it benefits from extensive restoration, undertaken in 2009, which included a bare-metal strip and repaint of all outer panels together with an engine overhaul (bills available). Upgrades include headlight bowls converted to accept modern 7" light units; new inertia reel safety belts front and rear; a battery isolator switch; right-side radio aerial, a JVC audio system and fitment of carburettor instead of fuel injection. Regularly serviced, the car is described as in generally good condition, hydraulics included, and is said to drive well.

    Finished in Gris Orageux (Stormy Grey) with red velour interior, this top-of-the-range DS21 EFI Pallas is offered with current MoT/tax and V5C registration document.
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