What can you acquire for £24,000 – £28,000? A middling Nissan Qashqai? A totally-loaded Ford Fiesta? Or an immaculate example of most likely the most gorgeous car ever designed?
Mais oui, it is the Citroen DS 21 – a motor vehicle so significantly ahead of its time, it nonetheless appears to be like futuristic today. Not that you are very likely to see one in accordance to facts from Cazana, just more than 100 continue being on Uk roadways.
This individual DS starred in Salvage Hunters: Basic Cars and trucks, the vehicle restoration Tv show presented by Paul Cowland and Drew Pritchard. It is for sale via Automobile & Traditional, with the seven-working day on-line auction kicking off on 11 February.
This is the 1st car from Salvage Hunters: Common Vehicles to be auctioned on the web. And if you watched the demonstrate – the very first episode in the newest sequence – you will know it has been meticulously returned to its previous glory.
The task commenced with marque specialist DS Workshop, who completed a major overhaul on the Citroen’s bodywork, 2.2-litre four-cylinder motor and hydropneumatic suspension. The latter works by using hydraulic fluid to supply self-levelling and a ‘magic carpet’ journey, but is fiendishly intricate and vulnerable to leaks.
The car’s chassis was also rust-proofed, prior to a complete respray in Brun Scarabee metallic with a contrasting Gris Palladium roof. Bonnet de douche, as Del Boy could say.
Inside, Paul and Drew upgraded the DS to plush Pallas specification, such as more relaxed seats with detachable pillow-like headrests.
The pretty one-spoke steering wheel remains, as do the maintain-fit windows and quite 1970s sq. clock. On the other hand, the vintage-search radio now features DAB and Bluetooth cellphone connectivity, additionally an further speaker at the rear of the motor vehicle.
Édith Piaf or Daft Punk? The choice is yours.
As seen on screen
Chris Pollitt, head of editorial at Motor vehicle & Vintage, explained: If you’re just after, or have normally toyed with the idea of a DS, this is the a single. The paint is flawless, the inside just about like new. Practically nothing has been missed – this is an example of how a restoration should really be carried out.
“And staying a Television set star, you get extra kudos when you just take it out to car or truck displays and the like. It’s just a excellent device. If I could, I would!”
Nevertheless want that Qashqai, then? No, considered not.
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