1969 Citroen DS

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1969
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Lot number 
    37
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Original condition
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Blue
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

French title
Chassis n ° 49396913

- A part of Citroën's rallying history
- In good condition, ready to take part in historical rallies
- One of the (very) rare shortened DS
- No reserve

The handling qualities particular to the hydropneumatic suspension system made the DS a formidable rally weapon.
Inspired by the prototype used by Bob Neyret, winner of the Rallye du Maroc, Marcel Lavalle built his own "DS Courte" in 1969, with the chassis shortened by 52cm. Driven by Lavalle, with J.P. Chastin as co-driver, the car took part in numerous events in 1969 and 1970, in France in the rallies Mistral, Antibes, Pétrole-Provence, Vaucluse, Criterium du Cevennes, and internationally the Tour Auto in Portugal.
The car then spent many years in the garage of a collector next to Avignon before being bought by Roger Reynier. Reynier decided to carry out work on the body and the car was painted French racing blue. He also wanted the engine to be overhauled and gave it to Philippe Chauvet, in charge of the car's preparation, with the development work carried out by Marc Fanciullo, resulting in a max power of 119.4bhp on the dyno. This overhaul was carried alongside other improvements, notably to the dashboard.
In its current configuration, this DS prototype has successfully participated in many regularity rallies and sporting events, and today its owner would very much welcome another enthusiast to take on the baton. Maybe that could be you?