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Lot 6

2018   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2018

1957 Citroën DS19

SOLD $192,500

Estimate

$70,000 - $90,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

16390

Engine

20201027

Car Highlights

Extraordinary Design by Flaminio Bertoni
An Engineering Tour de Force by André Lefèbvre
Advanced Hydraulic Suspension System that was Later Licensed to Rolls-Royce
Groundbreaking Aerodynamics and Body Construction
Regarded by Many as the Quintessential Citroën Model

Technical Specs

1,911 CC OHV Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
2-Barrel Weber Carburetor
75 BHP at 4,500 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
Front Inboard Disc Brakes and Rear Drum Brakes
4-Wheel Hydropneumatic Self-Leveling Suspension

Saleroom Addendum

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Citroën shocked audiences at the 1955 Paris Salon where the DS19 was introduced. Thousands of examples were ordered on the first day as people flocked to its very advanced streamlined body that contrasted sharply with the automotive landscape of the postwar period.

The DS also symbolized a radical change in technology. It was designed by André Lefèbvre, designer and driver of the Voisin Laboratoire and Flaminio Bertoni, who had been planning a successor to the Traction Avant since 1938. Front-wheel drive provided a very roomy interior, while the hydropneumatic suspension system provided comfort levels worthy of the greatest luxury brands of the time. The DS placed fifth on Automobile Magazine’s “100 Coolest Cars” listing in 2004.

Chassis 16390 was bought new on April 29, 1957, by Jean Roussillat, a grocer in the Saône-et-Loire region of France. The second owner had the car repainted and the headliner and fabric repaired, but all other cosmetics were left in excellent original condition. The current owner purchased the car in 2013, and today, the car shows under 45,000 km, which is consistent with the exceptional condition of this DS. As an early model, it is especially sought after today, as these have now become very rare. Finding an early production DS in such fine condition is particularly remarkable.