1967 Citroen DS21
Engine: 2,175cc 6 Cylinder
Transmission: 5 speed Manual
Features: Hydraulic suspension, Powersteering, disc brakes
The DS 19 was introduced on 5 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! During the 10 days of the show, the DS took in 80,000 deposits; a record that has stood for over 60 years. Contemporary journalists said the DS pushed the envelope in the ride vs. handling compromise possible in a motor vehicle.
The car featured a novel hydropneumatic suspension including an automatic leveling system and variable ground clearance, developed in-house by Paul Magès. This suspension allowed the DS to travel quickly on the poor road surfaces common in France. In addition, the vehicle had power steering and a semi-automatic transmission (the transmission required no clutch pedal, but gears still had to be shifted by hand), though the shift lever controlled a powered hydraulic shift mechanism in place of a mechanical linkage, and a fibreglass roof which lowered the centre of gravity and so reduced weight transfer. Inboard front brakes (as well as independent suspension) reduced unsprung weight. Different front and rear track widths and tyre sizes reduced the unequal tyre loading, which is well known to promote 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 very small engines. Unlike the Traction Avant predecessor, there was no top-of-range model with a powerful six-cylinder engine.
The DS placed third in the 1999 Car of the Century competition, and 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, including Giorgetto Giugiaro, Ian Callum, Roy Axe, Paul Bracq, and Leonardo Fioravanti.
This is a 5 speed manual car, built in Slough, in the UK with rare "pre-face-lift" round headlights and Marcel fog lights. Mechanically the car is in excellent condition and performs exceptionally well, the hydraulics work perfectly and the interior was completely redone in leather. There are a few nicks and marks, but she has lovely patina and is fantastic driving car that I have driven far and wide.
Priced at R195,000