1969 Citroen DS

20

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1969
  • Mileage 
    88 700 mi / 142 749 km
  • Car type 
    Saloon
  • Lot number 
    EC - AS 04
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Metallic 
    Yes
  • Interior colour 
    Red
  • Number of doors 
    4
  • Number of seats 
    4
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Black
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Performance 
    90 BHP / 92 PS / 68 kW
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Launched at the Paris motor show in 1955, the Citroen DS shocked the world with its aerodynamic design and innovative technology. A symbol of French ingenuity, the DS was a spaceship by the standards of the time.
DS pronounced “Dee Esse” roughly translates to Goddess and was manufactured from 1955 to 1975
The Citroen DS featured many innovative features such as
Hydro pneumatic suspension,
Power steering,
Disc brakes (first for a production car),
A fiberglass roof which lowered the centre of gravity,
Independent suspension
New radial tyre technology which the engineers exploited through its parent company Michelin

There are very few cars manufactured today that can match the ride and comfort of a Citroen DS and it was an unlikely winner of the Monte Carlo Rally in 1959 and 1966 due to the hydro pneumatic suspension coping so well over rough terrain.
The South African produced Citroen DS’s were initially built in Johannesburg, but production moved to Port Elizabeth in 1970
South African differences were mainly the seats which were Vinyl over foam cushions and other minor locally sourced items

This Example:
This example is a South African model manufactured in 1969. Crossley & Webb purchased it in 2014 and used it for running errands as well as for various events including the Pink Polo Charity Event at Val de Vie. It was then sold to the current owner who commissioned a restoration to his specifications at great expense which included modern upgrades such as an air conditioning system and a retro modern sound system (Bluetooth and USB connectivity)
Details of restoration:
Rust removal from chassis (right rear corner and right-side A pillar)
Full respray
Refurbish and spray all rims white
Retrim interior (red leather seats and door cards, new carpets and seatbelts
Radiator refurbishment and new cap
Custom audio system fitted – Rockford Fosgate rear speaker and Retrosound head unit (Bluetooth and USB)
Retrofit aircon system
Yellow (French style) headlight bulbs
Fit period correct rear sunblind
Side chrome strips fitted
New wiring loom
Major service
Oil and filters
LHM fluid
New spark plugs
New condenser and contact sets
New rotor
New ignition coil

This is an opportunity to purchase a high quality Citroen DS 20 for a price far less than what it would cost to restore a similar example to the same specification
This example is available to be viewed at the Crossley & Webb showroom in Gardens Cape Town

Contact Gareth or Jeremy for more details: Tel: (021) 462 3558 - e-mail: [email protected]