US Spec DS Barn-find to Be Sold at Retromobile in Paris

Three years ago Greg Long sent a rare low mileage US spec 1965 2CV to auction at Retromobile in Paris.  It garnered a world record price for a 2CV of 50,000 euros ($66,000 US)*.   On February 5, 2015 Greg will have another treasure on the block during Retromobile; Bonhams will be auctioning his genuine 1956 DS19.  Only about 25 1956’s are known to exist.  Of those just 3 were USA Exports of which this is one.

Greg Long 1956 DS dash redux  Greg Long 1956 DS clock

It was sold new from A & J Northshore Citroën north of Chicago.  Then early in the 1960’s, was given to a dentist in lieu of dental work.  It was at that point the head was removed and never put back on.

Greg Long 1956 DS outside shed  Greg Long 1956 DS rear

Though a barn find with original paint, we are anxiously waiting to see what it will sell for when it offered with no reserve.  ‘DS Barn-find’ anyone?!
The Bonhams auction will be held at the grand Palais in Paris, exactly where the original DS was launched almost 60 years before!

* We featured an article on Greg’s 2CV auction sale in our Spring 2012 issue of Citroënvie.


Update – Feb. 6, 2015:  The 1956 DS19 sold for €25,300 (US$ 27,566).

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