1963 Citroen DS

DS 19 Cabriolet Usine par Henri Chapron


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French title
Chassis n0° 4251058
Engine no. 213006945
Chapron production no. 8544

- Exceptional original condition
- 114,000 km from new
- Timeless Chapron cabriolet

Nothing could match the surprise of the first visitors to the Paris Motor Show in 1955 when they discovered the aptly named DS ('Goddess' in French) on Citroën's stand. Like a flying saucer, Bertoni's sculpture was both astonishing and attractive. It made almost everything on the roads appear outdated. The lucky drivers who were the first to test it were most enthusiastic. Everything about the car was ultramodern, except for its engine, inherited from the 11D. In 1956, a more basic model, the ID19, was introduced, then, in 1958, the ID estate and DS 'Prestige'. The 1959 models could be identified by the chrome air vents on the front wings. The 'works' cabriolet made its world début in 1960.

This example comes with its certificate from 'Henri Chapron Carrossier', indicating that the chassis was delivered on 29 April 1963. On arrival, it was given the production number 8544. The car was built in Chapron's workshop in Levallois-Perret. It was finished in 'Carrera White' (a superb colour with a hint of light green), with an interior in 'ebony' leather and front headrests. It was fitted with the latest version of the excellent semi-automatic hydraulic transmission.
The cabriolet left Chapron's workshop on 20 June 1963 for delivery to Citroën, to go on sale in its dealer network. It was acquired by its first owner from Paris and first registered on 4 June 1963. He kept it until 1981, using it sparingly. It was then sold to a Mr. Claude B. in unusually original condition and with a very low mileage of just 54,000 km (33,600 miles)! He looked after the car with great care, having it serviced at a Citroën garage near Bordeaux (all the bills from 1981 - 2019 are on file). It has now covered 114,000 km from new and has been wonderfully maintained. It is presented today in truly exceptional original condition: everything about it, including the chassis, leather interior (only the front seats have been retrimmed) and engine, is free from corrosion or excess wear, with only a slight patina adding to its charm. It has just undergone a full service by Citroën in Amsterdam at a cost of €3300 (invoice on file). There is a very comprehensive set of papers, including bills, certificates from Chapron and Citroën and its history. It also comes with its original tools.
This is a genuine cabriolet of high quality, rarely seen on the market in this condition, a model for the most demanding collectors and, of course, a car which is part of one of the most important legends in history.

For more information and photos: https://www.artcurial.com/fr/lot-1963-citroen-ds-19-cabriolet-usine-par-henri-chapron-3980-27

Photos © Dirk de Jager