Desirable version with hydraulic gearbox
Numerous maintenance costs in recent years
The ultimate evolution of the mythical DS, the DS 23 came off the air in September 1972. The engine develops 130 hp in its electronically injected version. There were already rumours of succession within the Citroën family and the ageing DS needed something new. The DS 23 therefore replaced the 21, which was then renamed "D Super 5" and was equipped with a mechanical gearbox. The 2.3l engine, for the 1973 model year, was available in carburettor or injection version, and could be coupled to three gearbox versions: mechanical, hydraulic or automatic. This engine has had a remarkable career and gives the DS even more flexibility and torque, enabling it to reach almost 190 km/h top speed. The test driver André Costa of the Auto-Journal will then appreciate a new character: "With its 130 hp and its plump power curve, the 23 has become, if its driver so desires, a fighter that despite its weight, threads its way well on small roads while gluttonously swallowing the motorway...".
The DS 23 Pallas that we propose here is a carburettor version with a hydraulic gearbox, first registered on April 17, 1973 in the Alpes Maritimes. Its first owner kept it for 7 years before selling it to Mr. Marquer, a Parisian resident, in 1980. He will keep it for 33 years before it joins Pierre Brignole's collection in 2013. Complete and in good working order, this DS 23 has apparently always been well maintained. With the exception of a few minor bodywork defects, the car looks good in its original Beige Tholonet colour. The interior has a nice patina. Its road handling is in line with our expectations: the gearbox is smooth and the entire hydraulic system works well. A lot of work has been undertaken since 2014, such as changing the suspension spheres, installing a stainless steel exhaust system, changing the hydraulic pump, belts and all the hoses at the beginning of 2019.
This car will be sold by auction by AGUTTES Auction House, in Paris, France, on March the 21th, 2021.
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