Citroën DS 21 Cabriolet – 1969

Citroën DS 21 Cabriolet - 1969

Coachwork by Henri Chapron

The Chantilly Sale – Bonhams
Sold for € 184.000

Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille
Château de Chantilly
Chantilly
France – Frankrijk
September 2017

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 top-of-the-range models until earlier this year. The DS’s original 1.911 cc, overhead-valve, long-stroke engine was replaced in 1966 by a short-stroke 1,985cc unit, also available in 2.175 cc and 2.347 cc versions, while other DS developments included swivelling headlights, fuel injection and a five-speed gearbox.

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