A positive swathe of anniversaries in July included the double-chevron carmaker's centenary, celebrated with the "gathering of the century," held in Le Perche.
Citroën DS 21, 1968, authentic Chapron cabriolet, original engine, chassis no. 4609594, metallic blue, blue leather interior.
Result: €214, 020
The three-day event ended on a high with the sale of vehicles looking back at the French carmaker's history – some of them extremely rare. Leading the procession at €214,020 was the authentic 1968 DS 21 in its fantastic Chapron "factory" convertible version. Sporting its original engine and chassis no. 4609594, the convertible is a speaking example of the work carried out by the famous coachbuilder in his Levallois-Perret workshop. He was also behind another "factory convertible": a 1963 vintage DS 19 (chassis no. 129088), still in its spruce original crimson, which fetched €126,420. Meanwhile, a 1938 Citroën Traction 11 B "wide convertible" took to the road again for €182,820, flaunting its metallic cherry red body. The carmaker produced two versions of the Traction (Italian sculptor Flaminio Bertoni's masterpiece): the faux-convertible and the roadster. There are still around 450 "Traction avant" convertibles, regardless of the model, but the 11Bs are the rarest. A slightly earlier Traction 7C roadster, in immaculate livery, was produced in September 1934 and marketed in 1935. The meticulous restoration work carried out in the 2000s fully justified the €90,000 it garnered here. Produced between 1961 and 1967, the 2 CV Sahara was firstly considered for the oil industry, hence the name. It was equipped with two 425 cc 2-cylinder engines, one in front, one behind. A 1963 example repainted in its original colour, "mist green", was on offer here. To obtain this model much sought-after by collectors, it needed €82,000.