Coys Auction - Techno Classica Essen
Saturday 2 April 2011
Motor Cars 15:00
Admission by catalogue only - admits two.
Estimate: €100,000 - €120,000
Registration Number: AL-72-75
Chassis Number: 4251066
After eighteen years of development as the successor to the venerable Traction Avant, the DS 19 was introduced on October 5th 1955 at the Paris Motor Show. The car's appearance and innovative engineering captured the imagination of the public and the automobile industry almost overnight; 743 orders were taken in the first 15 minutes of the show and orders for the first day amounted to 12,000. Far from being just a fascinating technology in search of a purpose, journalists noted how the DS dramatically pushed the envelope in terms of ride and handling.
Despite the rather leisurely acceleration afforded by its small four cylinder engine, the DS was successful in rallying where sustained speeds on poor surfaces are paramount. Notably, the Citroen was placed third in the 1999 C