Lot 237 - 1970 Citroën DS 21
|Odometer reading||80,264 miles|
|Estimate||£16,000 - £22,000|
|Result||Sold - £21,952|
- Original right hand drive example
- Fully restored
After 18 years of secret development, the DS was introduced in October of 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. 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. The DS 21 was introduced for the 1965 model year. This was a 2175cc, power was 109bhp and a substantial increase in power with the introduction of Bosch electronic fuel injection for 1970, making the DS one of the first mass-market cars to use electronic fuel injection. 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. 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.
This beautiful DS21 was built in France and originally shipped to Australia where it remained for some 48 years. 16 years ago, this example was fully restored and repainted in a distinctive green which was traditionally seen on early 1955 and 1956 cars. Soon after the restoration, sadly the owner passed away and left his entire collection of 15 classic cars to the Gosford Classic Car Museum near Sydney. The museum, which is now closed, with a policy of rotating its stock eventually sold the car in 2018 and it was imported to the UK and recommissioned by our vendor. We are informed by the vendor the full body and chassis restoration is still fresh today and he cannot find any rust, the mechanicals for the car are original thus also boasts matching numbers and it drives very well. Good quality right hand drive Citroen DS’s with rust free bodies are few and far between so this is a good opportunity to acquire a unique and beautiful example of the ‘Goddess’.
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