Upon introduction at the Paris Auto Show in October 1955, the Citroën DS captured the attention of the public and automotive press with its compelling exterior styling and ingenious mechanical design. Known for its groundbreaking hydropneumatic four-wheel independent suspension, which also was selfleveling, the handling and ride quality of the Citroën DS is legendary.
Built near the end of the model’s production run, this handsome 1974 DS23 Pallas benefits from nearly two decades of technological development of the marque’s top offering. This car, a European-specification example, boasts the highly desirable five-speed manual gearbox and swiveling covered headlamps sought by collectors. As a top-of-the-range Pallas model, it features enhanced sound-deadening, high-grade leather upholstery, and more elaborate exterior trim. Delivered new to the Netherlands in 1974, this DS remained in the care of one Dutch owner for 25 years. Approximately 10 years ago, it was the subject of a restoration by a Citroën specialist in the Netherlands. Finished in black with a rich brown interior, the restoration continues to show wonderfully today. The car makes an attractive appearance overall, and is properly outfitted with Michelin XAS tires and a Becker Mexico radio. The consignor reports that the DS is a pleasure to drive, with excellent road manners and a fully operational hydraulic system. Offered with a jack, tools, and roadside equipment, this Citroën DS23 Pallas is an alluring and uncommon French classic.