1962 Citroen DS

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1962
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Lot number 
    42
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Restored
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Yellow
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

French title
Chassis n° 4.200.344
Chapron number 7473

- No expense spared restoration
- Exhibited at the 1962 Geneva Motor Show
- One of just 37 or 38 examples built

This car was delivered new from the Henri Chapron workshops on 13 April 1962 to a M.Tronchère who lived near Paris. It was built on the base of a DS cabriolet supplied by the very same workshops on 6 February that year. It took just one month to build, as a Chapron document states: " delivery promised for the Geneva Motor Show on 13 March 1962 ". The car was exhibited on the Chapron stand along side a range of other models that included a Le Dandy coupé. The final sale price for the DS was set at 30 334,85 francs. This was very expensive as a standard DS saloon cost 12 920 francs, and you could buy a Porsche 356 Super 90 for 28 000 francs. However, this DS had a special and very elegant body, with a particularly airy roof compartment, and was built with VIP clients in mind.
The Concorde coupé on offer has been saved thanks to the endeavours of its current owner, a German collector, Citroën dealer and huge DS enthusiast. He threw himself into a major restoration project, as the bodywork was badly corroded. Photos documenting this process reflect the scale of the work required, which including cutting out corroded areas and rebuilding several panels. The interior was completely restored and upholstery refurbished. The car received the same level of care for the mechanical. Presented today in metallic gold with Gray roof, it is presented in superb condition, displaying all the special features of its handcrafted coachwork: chrome strips on the bonnet and sides, special headlight bezels, chromed wire wheels, bezels at the bottom of the body, the inscription " DS19 " in spaced lettering on the boot, and a special " Henri Chapron " plaque.
Chapron versions were exclusive for both their price and the limited production. It is believed that just 37 or 38 examples of the Concorde coupé were built between 1960 and 1965. This elegant car, presented in superb condition, is therefore extremely rare.

Please note that following an administrative error, the chassis number on the title is 420344 instead of 4200344.