Citroen DS19 Cabriolet łączy wspaniały francuski styl z wielką unikatowością. Ten licytowany jest jedenastym, który opuścił manufakturę Henriego Chaprona i jednocześnie najprawdopodobniej najstarszym z zachowanych. Sprzedany został za pośrednictwem sieci dealerskiej Citroena do Portugalii, gdzie od 1988 roku stanowił część kolekcji ok. 300 samochodów Antoniego Almeidy. Świeżo odrestaurowany w Szwajcarii, przykuwa uwagę niepowtarzalną sylwetką, pięknymi detalami i nieskazitelnym stanem. Po przeliczeniu na złotówki i uiszczeniu prowizji domu aukcyjnego Bonhams, na zakup był potrzebny niemal milion złotych.
CITROËN DS 19 CABRIOLET DE PRÉ-SÉRIE 1961
€170,000 – 230,000
PLN 710,000 – 970,000
Sold for €230,000 (PLN 972,463) inc. premium
THE CHANTILLY SALE
5 Sep 2015 18:15 CEST
1961 Citroën DS 19 Cabriolet Pre-Series
Coachwork by Chapron
Chassis no. 4200224
Engine no. 21.102.084
Body no. 0013 000015
*The 11th Chapron-built 'factory' DS Cabriolet and believed the oldest surviving
*Very rare 'Pre-Series' model
*Sole DS Cabriolet sold new to Portugal
*Long term private ownership by Antonio Almeida
The 11th DS 'factory' Cabriolet built by Henri Chapron, the car offered here is the oldest surviving DS factory Cabriolet known to 'Le Conservatoire Citroën' and Mme Noëlle Chapron. It is a 'premier nez' (’first nose') DS that incorporates certain 'pre-series' elements, including hood attachment by press buttons on the back of the frame as with the two pre-series Cabriolets shown at the press launch at Pré-Catelan in September 1960. It also has the 1st-series dashboard and the rare 'ailes cendrier' (ashtray) vents in the tops of the front wings.
Chassis number '4200224′ left the Citroën factory on 23rd December 1960 and three days later was delivered to Henri Chapron’s works in Rue Aristide Briand, Levallois-Perret where all his DS Décapotables were built. The car was originally finished in grey with Bordeaux leather upholstery and grey carpets. An adjustable driver’s seat was fitted also. Finished in March 1961, the DS was returned to Citroën for sale but on 11th April ’61 was sent back to Chapron for some minor cosmetic detailing. A copy of Chapron’s invoice to Citroën is on file. The original engine (number '20.108.913′) was changed by Citroën at around the same time to engine number '21.102.084′ (see Chapron documentation on file).
In mid-June 1961 the DS was sold new in Portugal by one of Citroën’s official dealers, and has the distinction of being the only DS Cabriolet sold new in that country. First registered on 19th June 1961, the DS remained in Portugal for around 52 years and from 1988 formed part of Antonio Almeida’s extensive private collection of some 300 cars in Lisbon.
In 1989 this car starred in the French-Portuguese movie 'Les Nuits Blanches' by David Delrieux, and on several occasions was used for World Rally Championship parades in Portugal, transporting driver pairings such as Brendan Reeves/Rhianon Smyth and Sébastien Ogier/Julian Ingrassia (photographs on file). In 2003, Almeida had the car restored and repainted in an alternative Chapron colour, 'Vert Forêt' (Forest Green). The old Portuguese registration was cancelled in 2006 and the car was bought by the current owner in 2012, directly from Antonio Almeida.
In 2013 the DS was extensively refurbished in Switzerland, in the course of which the engine, transmission, brakes, electrics, etc were all fully restored. As well, the 'red LHS oil' system was changed to the more reliable 'green oil' but remained optically unchanged. A new red leather interior was installed in 2014. A comprehensive record of the restoration, amounting to more than 300 photographs, is on file.
Since completion the DS has been enjoyed by the current owner on many international events including the 2013 Chapron Rally at Evian-Les-Bains, France and the gathering at Lake Garda, Italy in 2014. Described by the vendor as in superb condition, this magnificent and rare piece of French motoring history is 'on the button' and ready to be enjoyed. An eye-catcher at any gathering, it comes with the aforementioned documentation; Citroën Heritage certificate of authenticity; a copy of the old Portuguese registration papers; current Belgian registration papers and Contrôle Technique.