Citroen DS 21

What can you buy for £24,000 – £28,000? A middling Nissan Qashqai? A totally-loaded Ford Fiesta? Or an immaculate example of most likely the most stunning car at any time manufactured?

Mais oui, it’s the Citroen DS 21 – a automobile so significantly forward of its time, it still seems to be futuristic currently. Not that you’re probably to see just one according to information from Cazana, just around 100 continue to be on British isles roadways.

This individual DS starred in Salvage Hunters: Basic Cars and trucks, the automobile restoration Tv set clearly show introduced by Paul Cowland and Drew Pritchard. It is for sale by means of Vehicle & Typical, with the seven-working day on-line auction kicking off on 11 February.

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Citroen DS 21

This is the initial vehicle from Salvage Hunters: Typical Vehicles to be auctioned online. And if you watched the demonstrate – the first episode in the newest series – you will know it has been meticulously returned to its former glory.

The activity started with marque professional DS Workshop, who accomplished a major overhaul on the Citroen’s bodywork, 2.2-litre four-cylinder motor and hydropneumatic suspension. The latter uses hydraulic fluid to deliver self-levelling and a ‘magic carpet’ trip, but is fiendishly intricate and prone to leaks.

The car’s chassis was also rust-proofed, ahead of a full respray in Brun Scarabee metallic with a contrasting Gris Palladium roof. Bonnet de douche, as Del Boy could possibly say.

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Citroen DS 21

Within, Paul and Drew upgraded the DS to plush Pallas specification, which include a lot more comfortable seats with detachable pillow-like headrests.

The pretty single-spoke steering wheel continues to be, as do the hold-fit windows and incredibly 1970s sq. clock. Even so, the basic-appear radio now options DAB and Bluetooth cell phone connectivity, moreover an supplemental speaker at the rear of the auto.

Édith Piaf or Daft Punk? The decision is yours.

As found on display screen

Citroen DS 21

Chris Pollitt, head of editorial at Vehicle & Typical, said: If you’re just after, or have generally toyed with the notion of a DS, this is the just one. The paint is flawless, the interior nearly like new. Nothing at all has been missed – this is an illustration of how a restoration need to be done.

“And getting a Television set star, you get more kudos when you take it out to motor vehicle shows and the like. It’s just a amazing equipment. If I could, I would!”

Nonetheless want that Qashqai, then? No, assumed not.

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