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1973 Citroën DS23 Cabriolet
This 1973 Citroën DS23 Convertible is sought by automotive connoisseurs for its elegant design and has undergone a thorough period correct restoration. It is powered by a naturally-aspirated 2.3-litre four-cylinder engine which sends 105kW (141hp) to the front wheels. This example is fitted with a five-speed manual transmission. It currently displays 14,952 miles on its odometer.
Upon its debut in 1955, many of the newfound features introduced on the DS were unheard of. It launched with a futuristic body design with advanced aerodynamics for its time, disc brakes, lightweight Duralumin/fibreglass panels, frameless windows, power steering, and a self-jacking system. Chief among all features though was the hydropneumatic self-levelling suspension system which afforded the executive vehicle a ride quality that was second to none. It set new benchmarks in terms of ride quality and handling, while the all-round disc brakes ensured its braking ability. Originally launched in a sedan/fastback body style, the DS also came in a convertible body from the French coachbuilder Chapron, which is the car this conversion was based upon.
Presenting in the period combination of Ivoire Borley and Tabac (Ivory with a Tabacco interior), this DS23 convertible has been carefully tweaked with proper DS parts back to OEM+ condition. Items such as Pallas (luxury version) door handles, seat frames, pedals, chrome trim, and armrest are added to give this car a visual boost over its peers. The exterior is adorned by chromework and the car rides on a set of chrome-capped wheels wrapped in Michelin tyres.
This car originally started life as a Paris-built DS23 sedan ordered to British-market specifications and delivered new in England. Registration records indicate the vehicle has had several owners before it was bought by a woman in England and converted to cabriolet specification by Dee-Ess Conversions. It was then sold to a Perth gentleman in 2012 and shipped to Australia, where restoration works took place. Parts were sourced to bring the car to “show car” standards including a preventative engine rebuild, interior reupholstery, minor trim additions, re-wiring, and a period-style sound system (USB ports). This owner asserts the vehicle has been maintained to a high standard, with recent works including a new hydraulic pump, alternator belts and a new battery.
The exterior condition of this DS23 Convertible is excellent. The off-white paintwork shows in beautiful order throughout, reflecting nicely and displaying no obvious signs of imperfection. The chrome exterior trimmings all show in polished condition and the bodywork appears undamaged. All four wheels show in great shape without curb rash, while the Michelin tyres appear to retain a good amount of tread. The soft-top roof fits to the car and shows in good condition.
The cabin of this DS23 has been excellent kept, showing very well for the car’s age. The upholstery displays minimal creasing or signs of leather marks, while the carpeting is unstained and complete. No damage can be seen on the dash. Special care has been taken to finish this car with the best quality parts available.
This vehicle will be supplied with receipts and invoices documenting its recent history and a copy of the owners manual.
To the best of the sellers knowledge, this listing is accurate and not misleading in anyway. As per Trading Garage’s Terms and Conditions, although Trading Garage have completed the following checks, bidders must satisfy themselves to the accuracy of the description and do any research, they feel necessary before bidding. All listings are sold in Australian dollars. This vehicle is currently unregistered and there are no security interests registered on the PPSR against the serial number and it is not recorded as stolen or written off.
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