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Lot 165

2018   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2018

1974 Citroën DS23 Pallas

SOLD $50,600

Estimate

$60,000 - $80,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

DSFE01FE4177

Engine

0672000057

Car Highlights

Fully Developed Late-Production Example of a Groundbreaking Design
Avant-Garde Styling with Legendary Handling and Ride Quality
Desirable European-Spec Model Imported from the Netherlands
Wonderfully Preserved Older Restoration in Attractive Colors
Offered with Dutch License Plate, Identification Plaques, Tags, Spare, Jack, and Tools

Technical Specs

2,347 CC OHV Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Electronic Fuel Injection
141 BHP at 5,250 RPM
5-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc Brakes
4-Wheel Independent Hydropneumatic Suspension

Saleroom Addendum

*Please note that this vehicle will not be sold for use or resale in California or to a non-dealer California resident. Please also note that a new title is being processed and should be available shortly following the auction.

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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.