1964 CitroŽn DS19 Cabriolet par Henri Chapron160.000-190.000 EUR - Estimate
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US title, EU customs cleared
Chassis no. 4272102
Body no. 0013000684
Chapron no. 8741
- Certified by Henri Chapron
- Exceptional original condition
- Known history, four owners

Reference Number 629676

as of 10/15/2020

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Car 1964 CitroŽn DS19 Cabriolet par Henri Chapron
VIN 4272102 
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Known History

Nothing could match the surprise of the first visitors to the Paris Motor Show in 1955 when they discovered the aptly named DS ('Goddess' in French) on CitroŽn's stand. Like a flying saucer, Bertoni's sculpture was both astonishing and attractive. It made almost everything on the roads appear outdated. The lucky drivers who were the first to test it were most enthusiastic. Everything about the car was ultramodern, except for its engine, inherited from the 11D. In 1956, a more basic model, the ID19, was introduced, then, in 1958, the ID estate and the DS "Prestige". To produce a cabriolet version of its standard model, CitroŽn turned to the famous coachbuilder Henri Chapron in Levallois-Perret. The DS19 presented here is the 740th cabriolet built.

This works DS19 cabriolet comes with its certificate from 'Henri Chapron Carrossier', indicating that the chassis was delivered on 29 May 1964. On arrival, it was given the production number 8741. The car was built in Chapron's workshop in Levallois-Perret. It is finished in 'Carrara White' (a superb colour with a hint of light green), with an interior in burgundy leather and front headrests. It is fitted with the latest version of the excellent semi-automatic hydraulic transmission.

The cabriolet left the workshop on 10 July 1964 to be exported to CitroŽn's dealer in San Francisco. It was purchased by its first owner in California, the owner of a vineyard in the Napa Valley. He used it sparingly and had it meticulously maintained. In 1979, it changed hands, but remained in northern California. Its owner regularly took part in displays and shows with his much-loved DS, which was a very distinctive model in the USA. In 2008, he had it repainted in its original shade of 'Carrara White', which remains on the car today. In 2013, it was sold to a Mr. Mark R. in excellent original condition. He also took part in various concours d'ťlťgance with it and its current owner, a great fan of the DS cabriolet, often came across it during his visits to the States and regularly offered to buy it from him. In 2018, he received a phone call from the car's American owner and the sale came about, the car joining his collection that year. The DS is in superb original condition in every respect; its chassis and body are free from corrosion, thanks to the dry climate in California. Mechanically, it is also in impressive condition, after being pampered throughout its life by its careful owners. It has only been repainted once, while its interior has been restored to the highest standards.

For those who have never experienced it, to drive an open-top DS is a rare pleasure with a uniquely smooth ride which gives the impression of 'floating' over the road, while enjoying its accurate steering and incomparable roadholding. It is a part of history and France's automotive heritage