At the Bonhams Auction Zoute Sale in Belgium on October 9, three interesting Citroëns crossed the block proving that the market is still strong.
First was a 1964 Citroën DS19M Décapotable, believed the first ‘Cabriolet Usine’ built for the 1964 model year.
This DS19M in Blanc Carrare colour with a Burgundy leather interior is exactly how it was delivered new in France that year. According to the Dutch Citroën ID/DS Club Archivist (and previous owner of the car) it was the first ‘Cabriolet Usine’ built for the year 1964, arriving late in 1963 in the Chapron atelier. Moreover, it is one of only 122 Citroen DS19M Décapotable’s built. #8617 left Chapron in February 1964 to be delivered to Citroen for commercialization. Notable special accessories (not from new) include additional fog lights; a Continental Edison FM radio; and Robergel diamond hubcaps said to have been fitted by the first owner.
Between 1978 and 1997 the DS belonged to a Mr. Dusapin in Bougival, and was known to have had a number of other owners in the Bourgogne region subsequently. Since 2000 the car has resided in the Netherlands and in 2002 was bought by the Dutch Citroën ID/DS Club Archivist, Mr. Coenen, who attended many Club events with it. He kept the car for some 17 years before passing it on to the current owner, another Dutch Citroën enthusiast and specialist mechanic.
This car is highly original and in correspondence is referred to as ‘un-restored’, although it should more accurately be regarded as sympathetically restored with regard to the interior, body, and paintwork. The engine has always been maintained and the hydraulic system changed from red LHS to the green LHM fluid. It also comes with the Chapron certificate confirming its original specification.
It sold for €253,000 inc. premium.
Second was a time-warp 1990 2CV6 Club albeit not stored in a pristine environment. Still with just only 16 kilometres from new and the exterior preserved with a wax coating that is used in that era to protect cars in open ocean transport, it presumably could be cleaned up to be near new, though in the engine bay some of the hood padding seems to have stuck to the coil.
This 2CV was delivered new to Germany and is one of the last built. It is one of two ordered for his sons by a gentleman who heard that the 2CV would cease production in 1990. However, when they were 18 years old his sons did not want to drive their 2CVs, preferring Golf GTIs! This example has only 16 kilometers recorded, its genuine mileage from new. and not run since 1990. The seats are still wrapped in plastic. This unique 2CV was bought by the current owner, a Dutch Citroën collector, about 10 years ago.
It was ordered without reserve and sold for €31,050 inc. premium.
And finally, this 1964 2CV ‘Sahara’ AZ 4×4 believed to be 1 of only 5 assembled in Brussels by Citroën Belgium delivered new in that country. The car’s early history is not known; however, it was in Spain between 2008 and 2011 before moving to the UK where it was registered in 2013. In need of restoration, the car does not start or run. Even so, it was offered without reserve and sold for €77,625 inc. premium.