After 18 years of secret development, the DS19 was introduced on 5th October, 1955, at the Paris Motor Show. In the first 15 minutes of the show, 743 orders were taken and orders for the first day totalled 12,000 cars. To a France still deep in reconstruction after the devastation of World War II and also building its identity in the post-colonial world, the DS motor car was a symbol of French ingenuity. The DS was the first mass production car with front power disc brakes. It also featured hydropneumatic suspension including an automatic levelling system, variable ground clearance, power steering and a semi-automatic transmission and a fibreglass roof which reduced weight. It also sported inboard front brakes as well as independent suspension. Different front and rear track widths and tyre sizes reduced the understeer typical of front-engined and front-wheel drive cars. As with all French cars, the DS design was affected by the tax horsepower system which effectively mandated small engines. Despite the rather leisurely acceleration afforded by its four-cylinder engine, the DS was successful in motorsports. The Citroën DS placed fifth on Automobile Magazine’s ‘100 Coolest Cars’ listing in 2005. It was also named the most beautiful car of all time by Classic & Sports Car magazine after a poll of 20 world-renowned car designers. This wonderful DS19 Safari was originally delivered to a Parisian art dealer in 1961 who undoubtedly used the very spacious interior for transporting canvasses and supplies – perhaps a famous painting too! It remained in his hands until 1987 when he sold the car to a Dutch photographer who used the car until he moved to Australia and left the car in storage. In 2012 it was found and bought by a prolific Dutch collector of Citroens who then passed the car to the current vendor in 2014 due to the purchase of a DS Ambulance. The current vendor then set about restoring this wonderful example of a period of 4 years with the help of Peacock Engineering. There is an extensive list of work carried out and a large file containing the details can be seen. Presented extremely elegantly in grey over black paintwork and a light grey interior, this Safari is in very good condition throughout. Highly sought after and becoming increasingly popular amongst collectors, this very attractive DS19 would be a boon to any collection.
|Auction||True Greats 2019|
|Auction Date||4th December 2019|
|Day of Auction||Day 1 - Wednesday|
|Registration Number||UK Registered|
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