1969 Citroën DS 21 berline "Majesty"  Chassis no. 4637101

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1969 Citroën DS 21 berline "Majesty"
Chassis no. 4637101

Sold for € 86,250 (US$ 97,160) inc. premium
1969 Citroën DS 21 berline "Majesty"
Chassis no. 4637101
Les productions spéciales sur DS et ID d'Henri Chapron diffèrent sensiblement de la gamme d'origine. Dès 1965, le carrossier se démarque encore plus de la marque aux chevrons en dotant ses réalisations d'ailes arrière disposant d'ailerons mesurés. Il profite de cette nouveauté pour proposer pour la première fois sa propre interprétation de la berline DS, dotée de ces nouveaux ailerons, et exposée au Salon de la porte de Versailles sous le patronyme "Majesty" en octobre 1964. Cette version répond à la demande de part de sa clientèle réclamant une berline DS encore plus exclusive que la DS Prestige qu'il réalise déja pour la marque.

Cette interprétation arbore un toit beaucoup plus géométrique et moins fuyant que la berline d'origine, inspiré de son coach "Concorde", permettant de disposer d'une garde au toit intérieure plus grande rendant la DS plus habitable.

La berline DS Chapron "Majesty" sera proposée jusque dans le courant de l'année modèle 1969. Il fut produit 27 exemplaires de cette berline "Majesty", dont seulement trois exemplaires de l'ultime version disposant des phares directionnels et du nouveau museau apparus avec le millésime 1969, ce qui rend notre DS 21 "Majesty" encore plus rare et désirable.

Cette berline "Majesty" dispose d'une carrosserie de teinte Midnight blue. Comme la plupart des versions Chapron, la "Majesty" bénéficie d'une finition extérieure luxueuse, avec des baguettes d'ailes et de portières profilées, des enjoliveurs de bas de carrosserie en aluminium guilloché et baguettes de cerclage en acier chromé.

La voiture dispose d'une boite de vitesse à commande hydraulique avec levier au tableau de bord. La planche de bord possède un bloc compteur accessoire de marque Jaeger à cadrans ronds. La voiture est équipée d'un système de climatisation. La tôle inférieure de tableau de bord a bénéficié d'origine d'une finition en trompe-l'oeil en imitation ronce de noyer peinte à la main et vernie. Les sièges, banquette et contre-portes sont habillés de cuir havane en finition Pullman. Le plancher et le tablier sont garnis d'une moquette de laine de teinte chamois.

Cette automobile exceptionnelle a fait l'objet d'une restauration intégrale, carrosserie, intérieur et mécanique par un restaurateur spécialisé et se trouve en parfait état d'exposition, de concours et d'usage.


1969 Citroën DS 21 ‘Majesty’ Saloon
Coachwork by Henri Chapron
Chassis no. 4637101

Chapron’s interpretations of the DS and ID were quite different from the regular production versions. Chapron added fins to the rear wing tops of Citroën’s as early as 1965 and launched his own version of an upmarket DS at the Porte de Versailles Salon de l’Auto in October 1964 using the name ‘Majesty’. Its purpose was to satisfy the few customers who considered the upmarket DS Prestige insufficiently exclusive, although that too was built by Chapron for Citroën.
The ‘Majesty’ featured a higher and more angular roofline compared to the factory DS, similar to the ‘Concorde’ coach, affording increased headroom for the rear passengers and greater interior space. This limited edition model was produced up to 1969, some 27 examples being built in total. Only the last three were equipped with the new-for-1969 front end that incorporated directional headlights, the car offered here being one of this exclusive trio.
This particular ‘Majesty’ is finished in ‘Midnight Blue’, and like most Chapron creations features additional exterior trim, such as the chromed sill shields and polished aluminium wheel covers. Equipped with the hydraulically actuated gearbox with lever on the dashboard, this car also boasts Jaeger circular gauges and an air conditioning system. The lower dash is hand-painted to original specification in a faux burl wood finish and varnished, while the seats and door panels are trimmed in Havana beige leather in a Pullman finish, which is complemented by a thick brown woollen carpeting.
Totally restored – body, interior and mechanicals – by a Citroën specialist, ‘4637101’ is now ready for driving or show.
1969 Citroën DS 21 berline "Majesty"  Chassis no. 4637101
1969 Citroën DS 21 berline "Majesty"  Chassis no. 4637101
1969 Citroën DS 21 berline "Majesty"  Chassis no. 4637101
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