DS cabriolet Chapron: unrivalled elegance

On 15 July 2019, by Caroline Legrand

For the "gathering of the century" staged to celebrate Citroën's centenary, the Aguttes auction house has decided to sell some 170 legendary cars by the double chevron brand.

Citroën DS 21, 1968, authentic Chapron cabriolet, original engine, chassis no. 4609594, metallic blue, blue leather interior.
Estimate: €150,000/180,000

It is a hundred years since Citroën's first car, an A Type, emerged from its factories. An anniversary that is being celebrated by harking back to all the brand vehicles with a firm place in the collective memory. One of these, the DS, carved itself a real niche. In 1955 the company was considering a replacement for the "Traction". So a code name was found for it: "VGD", standing for "voiture à grande diffusion", or mass-market car. Italian designer Flaminio Bertoni was the moving force behind what became known as the "flying saucer". With its aerodynamic line and luxury interior finish, the DS was the star of the motor show that year. It also featured some fine innovative technology, like power steering, disk brakes and the famous hydraulic suspension, which created the sense of being in a boat but provided incomparable comfort. The DS was manufactured for twenty years, during which it underwent several variations and gained new features. For example, the DS 21, produced between 1965 and 1973, was supposed to correct the slight defects of the DS 19, particularly as regards its engine, now sporting 2175 cm3 and 115 hp. Starting in 1968, the interior leather options and automatic gearbox took it into an even more luxurious bracket. Not to mention the cabriolet frame invented by Henri Chapron, a coachbuilder working in Levallois-Perret. Deeply inspired by the DS, he presented a convertible cabriolet version in 1958, known as the "factory cabriolet". Based on the DS19 and DS21, this two-door convertible was one of the most elegant cars of the 1960s, with 1,365 produced between 1960 and 1971.

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