Built to top-of-the-range Pallas specification, this late-model DS23ie retains its original fuel-injected 2.3-litre engine, which has been overhauled and fitted with a new clutch, and has the rare and desirable five-speed manual gearbox. Other noteworthy features include a metal sunroof and a rare towing hitch. The car was supplied new to Germany, where it enjoyed two owners, and resided in a private collection after the second German ownership.
In 2009/2010 the vehicle was fully dismantled and restored with great attention to detail, the work being documented on an accompanying CD. Classic-Data’s accompanying appraisal rates this car as ‘Condition 1’ (Concours), consideration having been given to the numerous new parts used during restoration. These include the seat belts, complete exhaust system, rubber seals, tyres, high quality carpets, boot lining, stainless steel door sills, hydraulic spheres, brakes, water pump, stainless steel indicators, etc, while the fuel tank has been repaired and resealed. The car is finished in the stunning colour combination of copper metallic with beige/cream painted roof, while the restored, original interior is trimmed in brown leather with beige carpets and matching headlining of the finest quality.
The current vendor purchased the DS in February of this year. Previously it has formed part of his significant private collection in the UK. Described as ‘very good’ in all departments, this well restored DS is offered with assorted restoration documents.