1971 Citroën DS 21 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 4648944 Engine no. 0570001940

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Lot 264
1971 Citroën DS 21 Cabriolet
Chassis no. 4648944 Engine no. 0570001940

Sold for € 63,852 (US$ 75,135) inc. premium
1971 Citroën DS 21 Cabriolet
Coachwork by Henri Chapron

Chassis no. 4648944
Engine no. 0570001940
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 boasting coachwork by Henri Chapron. (Chapron’s first convertibles had been produced independently of Citroën, but the factory eventually gave the project its blessing). Citroën’s Décapotables were built on the longer, stronger chassis of the ID Break (Estate) but the model was never produced in England, where Citroën’s right-hand drive cars were assembled at its Slough factory. In total, 1,365 usine (factory) convertibles were made with either the DS19 or DS21 engine between 1960 and 1971, while Chapron built a further 389 of his own, the last in 1973.
Mechanically overhauled (engine, transmission and electrics) but otherwise conserved in original condition, this gorgeous DS21 Décapotable has been in the same ownership for the past 16 years. The car is finished in black with brown leather interior, the latter nicely patinated, and is offered with Italian libretto.

Remis en état mécaniquement (moteur, transmission et électricité), mais par ailleurs préservé en état d'origine, ce magnifique cabriolet DS 21 est resté depuis seize ans entre les mêmes mains. Peinte en noir avec sellerie cuir marron, dotée d'une agréable patine, la voiture est proposée à la vente avec son "libretto" italien.
1971 Citroën DS 21 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 4648944 Engine no. 0570001940
1971 Citroën DS 21 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 4648944 Engine no. 0570001940
1971 Citroën DS 21 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 4648944 Engine no. 0570001940
1971 Citroën DS 21 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 4648944 Engine no. 0570001940
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