Lot 154 - 1974 Citroën DS21 Super 5
|Odometer reading||81,902 km|
|Estimate||£11,000 - £17,000|
|Result||Sold - £12,320|
After 18 years of secret development, the DS19 was introduced on 5th 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, the DS was a symbol of French ingenuity. It was the first mass-production car with front power disc brakes. It also featured hydropneumatic suspension including an automatic self-levelling system, variable ground clearance, power-steering, 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. It 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 to the DS, the Pallas, named after the Greek goddess, was introduced. This included comfort features such as better noise insulation, a more luxurious and optional leather upholstery and external trim embellishments.
This lovely DS Super 5 has been owned for no more than a year by our current vendor who has moved back to the UK from France however, we are told, that the previous keeper was a fanatic and, therefore, he has lots of history to accompany this vehicle. The DS starts and rises as it should and drove very well back from his residence in France, the 2.1 litre engine performing fantastically on such a long drive. Offered with French registration, all import papers and having an equivalent French MoT test certificate until October 2018, this is a very solid example of the much loved DS.
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