1957 Citroën  DS19 Saloon  Chassis no. 29854 Engine no. to be advised

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Lot 81
1957 Citroën DS19 Saloon
Registration no. 693 UXM Chassis no. 29854 Engine no. to be advised

Sold for £ 20,700 (US$ 25,367) inc. premium
1957 Citroën DS19 Saloon
Registration no. 693 UXM
Chassis no. 29854
Engine no. to be advised

*One of the 20th Century's most iconic automobiles
*Early original example
*Present ownership in the UK since 1989
*Restored condition

Footnotes


  • This is a very good example of the revolutionary Citroën DS19 in the form in which it first appeared at the 1955 Paris Auto Show. Besides the famous Hydropneumatic self-levelling suspension, it has the four-speed semi-automatic transmission, power steering and power brakes. It was built in the autumn of 1957 and is among the first 30,000 DS19s built out of a total of 1,456,000.
    This particular car has been bodily and mechanically restored by DS experts. The fabric seat and door card trim is original, as is the dashboard, whose moulded plastic construction was the first of its kind, while the carpets are new high-quality reproductions sourced from Holland. Mechanically the car is entirely standard apart from a 123 electronic distributor; it continues to use the red hydraulic fluid that early DS19s employed, which provides a slightly superior ride. Unlike many very early DS19s, this one has the advantage of having been completely overhauled, including the hydraulics, drive train, brakes and electrics.

    A French-market car that spent the early part of its life in Angoulême, this DS was originally owned by one Albert Vedrenne. Its French registration plates, still with the car, read '188 DC 24'. In 1988 it was bought by the owner of the Morton Stockwell Group, a British DS restorer that set up in France during the late 1980s. He acquired the car for himself, but the success of the business meant that there was no time to restore it, and he sold it to the current owner, motoring journalist Richard Bremner, in the summer of 1989.

    Finished to a high standard, this DS appeared at the 2006 Goodwood Festival of Speed Cartier Style et Luxe, to be judged by film director George Lucas among others, and appeared again at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2015, this time on the stand of DS Automobiles. This car is also a potential Mille Miglia entrant, early DS19s having competed in the original event and the contemporary version. Early examples as good as this one are rarely found now.
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1957 Citroën  DS19 Saloon  Chassis no. 29854 Engine no. to be advised
1957 Citroën  DS19 Saloon  Chassis no. 29854 Engine no. to be advised
1957 Citroën  DS19 Saloon  Chassis no. 29854 Engine no. to be advised
1957 Citroën  DS19 Saloon  Chassis no. 29854 Engine no. to be advised
1957 Citroën  DS19 Saloon  Chassis no. 29854 Engine no. to be advised
1957 Citroën  DS19 Saloon  Chassis no. 29854 Engine no. to be advised
1957 Citroën  DS19 Saloon  Chassis no. 29854 Engine no. to be advised
1957 Citroën  DS19 Saloon  Chassis no. 29854 Engine no. to be advised
1957 Citroën  DS19 Saloon  Chassis no. 29854 Engine no. to be advised
1957 Citroën  DS19 Saloon  Chassis no. 29854 Engine no. to be advised
1957 Citroën  DS19 Saloon  Chassis no. 29854 Engine no. to be advised
1957 Citroën  DS19 Saloon  Chassis no. 29854 Engine no. to be advised
1957 Citroën  DS19 Saloon  Chassis no. 29854 Engine no. to be advised
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