Citroën’s palatial DS has turn out to be a sought-after basic, however public sale home Bonhams is getting ready to promote one which makes the common sedan look slightly mundane. Up for grabs with no reserve is a uncommon 1969 DS 21 that was rebodied right into a stately limousine by coachbuilder Chapron.
Assigned chassis quantity 4637101, the DS 21 scheduled to cross the public sale block is one in all 27 Majesty fashions constructed by Paris-based Chapron and one in all three geared up with directional headlights, which had been an actual novelty within the late Sixties. Whereas the DS was positioned as Citroën’s range-topping sedan from 1955 to 1975, the coachbuilder took luxurious to the following stage by giving the Majesty a extra upright C-pillar that cleared up further house for the passengers driving within the again, a extra angular-looking rear finish, and a extra upmarket inside.
Majesty fashions additionally featured particular trim in and out (the chrome strips on the fenders and on the entrance doorways had been notably not fitted to the regular-production DS) and a handful of refined Chapron emblems. Pricing assorted from automotive to automotive, however the Majesty wasn’t low cost. It was created largely for heads of state and different money-no-object dignitaries, it was constructed virtually solely by hand, and it was priced accordingly.
Completed in Midnight Blue, the instance provided by Bonhams was absolutely restored within the 2000s. Nevertheless it has been saved for the reason that present proprietor bought it at Retromobile in 2009, so it wants a full tune-up — on the very least. Like each DS constructed, the Majesty was fitted with a hydropneumatic suspension system that (we are saying this from expertise) would not like to take a seat for an prolonged time period. Elements are available, and the system is not almost as formidable to work on because it sounds, so getting it again on the street must be simpler than it sounds.
Bonhams is providing this Majesty with no reserve, that means the very best bidder will take it house. It expects the sedan to promote for wherever between 50,000 and 100,000 Swiss francs, excluding auction-related charges, figures that symbolize about $50,200 and $100,300, respectively. If this appears to be like just like the challenge that you’ve got been ready for, mark your calendar for July 3 — that is when this automotive will cross the block in Gstaad, Switzerland. Collectors who would relatively take pleasure in a bidding struggle from the consolation of their sofa can register to bid on-line.