1967 Citroën  DS 21 Décapotable  Chassis no. DS21M4473040 Engine no. 0574002901

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Lot 40*
1967 Citroën DS 21 Décapotable
Coachwork by Henri Chapron Chassis no. DS21M4473040 Engine no. 0574002901

Sold for € 172,500 (US$ 202,014) inc. premium
1967 Citroën DS 21 Décapotable
Coachwork by Henri Chapron

Chassis no. DS21M4473040
Engine no. 0574002901
*One of only 1,365 usine convertibles
*Extensively restored
*Delivered new to Germany

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 created by the celebrated Parisian coachbuilder Henri Chapron. The arrival of the Citroën 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 Citroën but the factory eventually gave the project its blessing, the factory-approved Décapotables being built on the longer, stronger chassis of the ID Break (Estate). In total, 1,365 usine (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.

This most sought after of DS variants was delivered new to Munich, Germany in June 1968, benefiting from the recently introduced green LHM fluid and the restyled nose that had arrived in 1967. It also has the optional, and highly desirable, Jaeger dashboard. Prior to its acquisition by the current owner in 2006, the DS had undergone a 'last nut and bolt', no expense spared restoration that consumed some 2,000 man-hours. Works carried out included overhauling the engine, (manual) gearbox, clutch, brakes, suspension and hydraulics while the carpets, leather upholstery, convertible hood, wiring, tyres and chrome trim were renewed. Listed in the Chapron Register, the car remains in generally very good condition and is offered with Swiss Carte Grise.
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1967 Citroën  DS 21 Décapotable  Chassis no. DS21M4473040 Engine no. 0574002901
1967 Citroën  DS 21 Décapotable  Chassis no. DS21M4473040 Engine no. 0574002901
1967 Citroën  DS 21 Décapotable  Chassis no. DS21M4473040 Engine no. 0574002901
1967 Citroën  DS 21 Décapotable  Chassis no. DS21M4473040 Engine no. 0574002901
1967 Citroën  DS 21 Décapotable  Chassis no. DS21M4473040 Engine no. 0574002901
1967 Citroën  DS 21 Décapotable  Chassis no. DS21M4473040 Engine no. 0574002901
1967 Citroën  DS 21 Décapotable  Chassis no. DS21M4473040 Engine no. 0574002901
1967 Citroën  DS 21 Décapotable  Chassis no. DS21M4473040 Engine no. 0574002901
1967 Citroën  DS 21 Décapotable  Chassis no. DS21M4473040 Engine no. 0574002901
1967 Citroën  DS 21 Décapotable  Chassis no. DS21M4473040 Engine no. 0574002901
1967 Citroën  DS 21 Décapotable  Chassis no. DS21M4473040 Engine no. 0574002901
1967 Citroën  DS 21 Décapotable  Chassis no. DS21M4473040 Engine no. 0574002901
1967 Citroën  DS 21 Décapotable  Chassis no. DS21M4473040 Engine no. 0574002901
1967 Citroën  DS 21 Décapotable  Chassis no. DS21M4473040 Engine no. 0574002901
1967 Citroën  DS 21 Décapotable  Chassis no. DS21M4473040 Engine no. 0574002901
1967 Citroën  DS 21 Décapotable  Chassis no. DS21M4473040 Engine no. 0574002901
1967 Citroën  DS 21 Décapotable  Chassis no. DS21M4473040 Engine no. 0574002901
1967 Citroën  DS 21 Décapotable  Chassis no. DS21M4473040 Engine no. 0574002901
1967 Citroën  DS 21 Décapotable  Chassis no. DS21M4473040 Engine no. 0574002901
1967 Citroën  DS 21 Décapotable  Chassis no. DS21M4473040 Engine no. 0574002901
1967 Citroën  DS 21 Décapotable  Chassis no. DS21M4473040 Engine no. 0574002901
1967 Citroën  DS 21 Décapotable  Chassis no. DS21M4473040 Engine no. 0574002901
1967 Citroën  DS 21 Décapotable  Chassis no. DS21M4473040 Engine no. 0574002901
1967 Citroën  DS 21 Décapotable  Chassis no. DS21M4473040 Engine no. 0574002901
1967 Citroën  DS 21 Décapotable  Chassis no. DS21M4473040 Engine no. 0574002901
1967 Citroën  DS 21 Décapotable  Chassis no. DS21M4473040 Engine no. 0574002901
1967 Citroën  DS 21 Décapotable  Chassis no. DS21M4473040 Engine no. 0574002901
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