- One of the stars of French coachbuilding
- Rare DS cabriolet built to Scandinavian specification
- Known history, well cared for example
The DS, launched in 1955, had a purity of styling that inspired the coachbuilder Henri Chapron. Three years later, Chapron presented his sublime convertible interpretation of this model. His design convinced Citroën who included it in the range from 1960. This model was described as a " factory cabriolet " through until 1971, despite being built by the renowned Levallois coachbuilder.
The example on offer, presented in excellent condition and in its original colour, was acquired by its first owner, Mr Nils Bergenstrahle, from Stockholm in Sweden, in 1965. It was delivered new with full leather interior and the rare option " chauffage grand froid " (a high level heater), offered by Citroën to the Scandinavian market. While in Sweden, the car passed through the hands of several marque enthusiasts, who maintained it in top condition. One such owner was the President of the Citroën Owners Club of Sweden. The history appears to have been recorded continuously since first registered by Bergenstrahle. The car was subsequently bought by renowned London dealer Daniel Donovan, who is a great enthusiast for the 'marque aux chevrons'. As the car was in excellent, virtually rust-free condition, it only required a light restoration. This included an overhaul of the LHM2 hydraulic system, carried out by marque specialists Andrew Brodie Engineering. At the same time, the car was fitted with discreet front and rear seatbelts. Stuart Ager, from Andrew Brodie Engineering, described the car as one of the best DS cabriolets he has ever seen, in terms of originality, condition and how it drove. Acquired by the current owner in 2014, a British collector, it has been maintained fastidiously and only used for occasional family outings.
Pure, original in every sense of the word and in excellent condition, this DS cabriolet also stands out for its rather exotic Scandinavian history.