1973 Citroen DS Super 5
Silverstone Auctions – Blenheim Palace, UK
September 3, 2016
As a teenager I remember these cars parked in driveways with the suspension down. Most have been a huge problem when the ride control went bad and was costly to repair. Also many of these where in the boneyards! To see these at car shows must be very rare!
The quality of the restoration is truly exceptional on this one that did not make the wrecking yard! The car is known on the world Citroen circuit, having won Concours d’Elegance events in eight European countries and has even been offered a permanent place at the national Citroen Museum in France.
The futuristic design of its Flaminio Bertoni-penned body was a stunning sight in the austere world of the `50s and remains so to this day. The self-leveling hydropneumatic suspension was also way ahead of its time, delivering a ‘magic carpet’ ride that many manufacturers would be grateful for even now.
This unrivaled European show winner has collected multiple Concours trophies since 1987 and possesses its own display cabinets that bulge with over 200 awards. Crowned National Champion at both the Welsh Benson & Hedges Concours and Popular Classics Roadshow, the Citroen also achieved victories at the Scottish Benson & Hedges Concours, was an NEC show winner and a national Meguiars Concours display car. It was also featured prominently at the Paris Concours and Citroen World Championship.
Classic & Sports Car magazine subsequently named the DS the most beautiful car of all time following a poll of twenty of the world`s most influential car designers, including Giugiaro, Bracq, Callum and Fioravanti. It also came third in the Car of the Century competition of 1999.