Lot 260 - 1973 Citroën DS23 Pallas
|Odometer reading||72,500 miles|
|Estimate||£14,000 - £17,000|
|Result||Sold - £16,520|
After 18 years of secret development, the DS19 was introduced on 5 October 1955 at the Paris Motor Show. In the first 15 minutes of the show, 743 orders were taken and orders for the first day totalled 12,000 cars. To a France still deep in reconstruction after the devastation of World War II, and also building its identity in the post-colonial world, the DS motorcar was a symbol of French ingenuity.The DS was the first mass production car with front power disc brakes. It also featured hydropneumatic suspension including an automatic leveling system, variable ground clearance, power steering and a semi-automatic transmission and a fibreglass roof which reduced weight. It also sported inboard front brakes as well as independent suspension. Despite the rather leisurely acceleration afforded by its four-cylinder engine, the DS was successful in motorsports like rallying, where sustained speeds on poor surfaces are paramount, and won the Monte Carlo Rally in 1959 and controversially in 1966, after the disqualification of the BMC Mini-Cooper team. The Citroën DS placed fifth on Automobile Magazine's '100 Coolest Cars' listing in 2005. It was also named the most beautiful car of all time by Classic & Sports Car magazine after a poll of 20 world-renowned car designers. In 1965, a luxury upgrade the DS Pallas, named after the Greek goddess Pallas, was introduced. This included comfort features such as better noise insulation, a more luxurious and optional leather, upholstery and external trim embellishments.
This fine DS23 Pallas is a righthand drive example and the owner understands that this car was originally owned by the chairman of the Citroën club for over 20 years. The previous owner bought it from him and kept it for a further 20 years and has resided with the current owner since last year. In the last year, a new maroon leather interior has been fitted and the mechanics renovated. The car boasts a five- speed manual gearbox giving a sporty feel and is finished in white. Supplied with an MoT test certificate valid until April 2017, the car is showing just 72,500km. Described as being 8/10 in regards to the engine, body, chassis, paintwork and transmission; this fine example with low long term ownership history should definitely be on the list for any discerning collector.
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