World's finest Citroen DS to sell at Silverstone Auctions

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Manx Lover

2016-08-26 12:49:18

The world's finest Citroen DS will be one of the star lots of Silverstone Auctions' forthcoming Salon Privé Sale.

Having appeared on TV shows Top Gear and Fifth Gear, and featured in over 100 magazine articles, the 1973 Citroen DS Super 5 is truly a 'star car' with few equals.

Launched in 1955, the French-built car featured styling and engineering by Italian sculptor and industrial designer Flaminio Bertoni, and the French aeronautical engineer André Lefèbvre.

In total, 1.45 million examples were sold until production ended in 1975, and its futuristic body design saw it voted the most beautiful car of all time by Classic & Sports Car magazine.

The example on offer at Silverstone Auctions has had just one registered owner - the CEO of the dealership to which it was originally supplied back in 1973, who snapped it up the moment it entered the showroom.

(Images: Silverstone Auctions)

(Images: Silverstone Auctions)

Beautifully restored and finished in period white (Blanc Meije) with original Red Targa upholstery, the car has impressed judges at concours events across Europe, notching up more than 200 trophies, and has been offered a permanent place at the national Citroen Museum in France.

It will now be auctioned for the first time in its history with an estimate of £75,000 - £90,000 ($99,000 - $119,000).

"Words are not adequate to convey the condition of this important piece of motoring history, it simply must be seen to be believed," explains Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions.

"This DS is the kind of car that really gets people excited, and we’re delighted to be offering a car of this staggering quality and reputation in our sale. It’s one of the star cars in the Salon Privé Sale and fits in perfectly as part of our most exclusive sale."

The Silverstone Auctions Salon Privé Sale takes place at the historic Blenheim Palace on Saturday September 3.

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