1958 Citroen DS

19

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1958
  • Car type 
    Saloon
  • Chassis number 
    39128
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Restored
  • Number of seats 
    4
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Yellow
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

French registration papers

- Second hand since 1993
- Perfect working order
- Daffodil yellow AC 305

On October 6, 1955, at 9 a.m, the doors of the Grand Palais opened to the Paris Motor Show and there was an immediate rush of customers to the Citroën stand, where the revolutionary Citroën DS 19 was unveiled as a world premiere. On the same evening, nearly 12,000 orders were placed, with a down payment of 80,000 fr per car and the hope of delivery within the time frame of almost a year. Alongside the Frégate, Versailles or Peugeot 403, the DS was seen as an alien. This is what gives it the enviable status it enjoys today: admired by aesthetes as a work of art, it also fascinates engineers with its hydraulic system that manages suspension and brakes. Mythical, the one called Goddess on the other side of the Atlantic has had a 20-year career and will undergo many changes, from a utility station wagon to an elegant convertible version. A long period in purgatory where it was not considered as a second-hand car will have overtaken the first models, which are now extremely sought-after and rare to find.
The model presented here has an interesting history as it is a vehicle that has only had two owners since its introduction in May 1958. Mr Lucien Moulinié ordered his new DS with many accessories such as the Philips radio and Robri accessories. It is regularly used to make Paris - Province trips before taking a well-deserved retirement in his garage when the meter displays about 90,000 km. It was in 1993 that the car was purchased by the current owner when Mr. Moulinié was 85 years old and no longer uses his beloved car. The DS remains in Paris and moves from the 13th to the 12th arrondissement and will never change its registration number! Many works were undertaken to be able to drive regularly with a reliable car. The painting was redone at the end of the 1990s in Daffodil Yellow, thus respecting the colour chart of the time. The upholstery, using period fabric and its "rusty" colour, also honors the original codes. From 1993 to 2019, the DS will have covered some 40,000 km, mainly travelling with friends. Recently the carburetor has been rebuilt as well as the rear brakes and finally the hydraulic system has been converted to silicone liquid by the great professional Blondeau. Today the car has an original mileage of 130,000 km and has never been restored, so the engine is still the original one. Few DS are offered for sale with such a clear history as the one presented in these pages. During our test, the DS satisfied us at all levels. The engine is voluntary, the gearbox soft and the suspension smooth according to its factory setting. Very rare are the DS of the first years for sale, this one is an exceptional specimen to purchase, intended for the most demanding collectors.

This car will be sold by auction by AGUTTES Auction House, in Lyon, France, on November the 9th, 2019.
The digital catalog will is available on our website
https://www.aguttes.com/en/sale/96041
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