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Friday 21 June 2019

1962 Citroën DS19 Convertible - BONHAMS AUCTIONS Chantilly Sale Sunday 30th June 2019 Chantilly, Chateau de Chantilly


Chantilly Sale
Sunday 30th June 2019

1962 Citroën DS19 Convertible 

Coachwork by Henri Chapron

Chassis no. 4200446
• French automotive icon 

• One of the first DS Convertible with the desirable 'ashtray' wings 

• Comprehensively restored in 2006 
• Semi-automatic transmission


  • Just had it done 21 years ago with the revolutionary 'Traction Avant', Citroën stunned the world again in 1955 with the launch at the Paris Salon of the strikingly styled 'DS'. The spectacular newcomer was the work of sculptor turned automotive designer, Flaminio Bertoni, the man also responsible for such memorable Citroen as the 'Traction', 2CV, Van H, and Ami 6. 

    Beneath the shark-like newcomer's aerodynamically efficient, low-drag bodyshell there was all-independent, self-levelling, hydro-pneumatic suspension; plus hydraulically-operated brakes, steering, and (optional) hydraulic semi-automatic gearbox. Displacing 1,911cc, the DS is overhead-valve long-stroke engine delivered enough power to make it one of the most capable and comfortable cruisers for years to come.

    Other models offered were the ID (a simplified, cheaper version), the cavernous Safari estate, and the two-door Convertible (convertible), the latter boasting coachwork by Henri Chapron. (Chapron's first convertible had been produced independently of Citroën, but the factory eventually won the project its blessings). Introduced in 1960, Citroën's factory (factory) convertibles were built on the longer, stronger chassis of the Estate (Estate) ID. In total, 1,365 convertible plants were made with either the DS19 or DS21 engine between 1960 and 1971, while Chapron built a further 389 of its own, the last in 1973.

    First registered on 6th August 1962, this DS19 Convertible is one of the very early examples featuring the distinctive and rare 'ashtray' front wings. The body was completely restored in 2006 when work included overhauling the hydraulic system, body panels, paintwork, upholstery, and convertible top. In 2008, the enthusiastic gentleman racer and Citroën DS aficionado. 

    This genuine Convertible is finished in metallic grey with Burgundy leather interior and is equipped with semi-automatic gearbox. The card is offered with a French Gray Card (copy); 2011 and 2017 French Controls Technical; and a UK V5C Registration Certificate.

    DS Convertible represents the very best of French automotive style, craftsmanship, and technology, and the example we are sure to delight its fortunate next owner. 


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