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Lot n° 16

1973 Citroën DS 20 BREAK

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3rd hand Many recent expenses Ready to hit the road French registration title Chassis n° 8406449 Citroën draws much of its inspiration from the station wagon trend in the USA to develop its DS estate project. It was the culmination of two years of research aimed at offering customers a multi-purpose vehicle that was both practical for tradesmen and families, while retaining the elegance and technical features of the saloon. This concept in ‘57, which was very popular in the USA, was only represented in France by the Simca Marly V8 estate. Pierre Franchiset, the man who designed the type H, designed a very elegant, practical and fast station wagon for the time. The car was presented at the 1958 Paris Motor Show, but was only released one year later. Produced from 1959 to 1975, it was a considerable worldwide success. The DS 20 station wagon models are equipped with the manual gearbox of the ID 20 but have the DS designation for the last years. The DS station wagon presented here is a model that was put on the road on 19 April 1973. According to its history, it started its life as a Parisian taxi until the end of the 70’s and was kept by its owner until 1990. The second owner who kept it for almost 30 years was the one who undertook a major restauration in the early 2000s. The chassis was treated, the paintwork redone and the mechanics completely overhauled with the installation of a DS 23 engine block and a 5 speed gearbox. The third owner is buying the car in 2019 and will continue the job: recently the four rims have been epoxied and new Michelin XVS tyres fitted. The ignition has been overhauled, the carburetor as well as the hydraulics and the directional lights. Only the original upholstery will need some attention; it shows some wear especially on the driver’s seat. Our test drive will give us complete satisfaction. The DS drives perfectly and plays with the irregularities of the road. The technical inspection is less than six months old and the wagon is ready to take the road for the summer!

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