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1966 Citroen DS21 Convertible Coupe / DS214350118 Vehicle Information

1966 Citroen DS21 photograph

1966 Citroen DS21 photograph

1966 Citroen DS21 photograph

1966 Citroen DS21 photograph

1966 Citroen DS21 photograph

1966 Citroen DS21 photograph

1966 Citroen DS21 photograph

1966 Citroen DS21 photograph

1966 Citroen DS21 photograph

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Sold for $170,000 at 2013 RM Auctions - Arizona.
Designer Flaminio Bertoni planned a convertible when the DS19 was launched in 1955, but the idea never materialized.

The DS19 had a complex, integrated hydraulic system to control the suspension, steering, gearshaft, and brakes.

Coachbuilder Chapron created the 'La Croisette' cabriolet, named for the promenade in Cannes, in 1958. Citroen, however, refused to sell Chapron separate chassis, so he was reduced to buying complete cars and dismantling them and converting them to convertibles. The firm later relented and had Chapron build 'Usine,' or factory cabriolets, in 1961. Chapron, however, continued making his own customs.

In all, there were 1,365 factory cabriolets built: 770 DS19s, 483 DS21s, and 112 ID19s. Citroen was still receiving orders long after official production ceased in 1971, with the last car completed in 1978. There were a total of 15 paint choices, 13 shades of leather upholstery, and three carpet colors. Engines ranged from 66 horsepower to 141 horsepower.

The cabriolet has similarities with the sedans, but there are critical differences between real DS convertibles and the homemade variety. The true cabriolets had doors four inches longer than the sedans and use double latches. Two strips of brightwork run along the side of the car, one at the crease of the door and one at the rocker panel. The tail is one long, sweeping piece, and the trunk lid is fiberglass. The cabriolets also received two jacking points along the side, since the rear fender does not remove like on the sedan.

This DS21 Cabriolet is from the second year of production. The car was sold new in South of France to Ralf Emmerling. It remained in Port d'Antibes until 1990, when it was sold to Paolo Carlini in Sorengo, Switzerland, who kept the car until 2008, when it was sold to a collector in Holland.

The odometer currently shows 23,909 kilometers. It has been repainted in its correct Vert Foret green, and the black leather interior is mostly original. There is a new Hartz cloth top and carpets, and it has a Continental Edison radio.

In 2013, the car was offered for sale at RM Auction's sale in Scottsdale, Arizona. The lot was sold for the sum of $170,000 including buyer's commission.


By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2013



2013 RM Auctions - Arizona

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $200,000-USD $250,000 
Sale Price :
USD $170,000

1966 Citroen DS21 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1966 sales)
1966 Citroën DS 21 Décapotable by Chapron
Chassis#: 0032.000141
Sold for USD$246,400
  2020 RM Sothebys : The Elkhart Collection
 
1966 Citroën DS21 Décapotable
Chassis#: 4350094
Sold for USD$153,323
  2019 Bonhams : Goodwood Members Meeting
 
1966 Citroën DS 21 Decapotable
Chassis#: 4371577
Sold for USD$219,266
  2018 Bonhams : The Bond Street Sale
 
1966 CITROËN DS21 LE CADDY CABRIOLET
Chassis#: 4350010
Sold for USD$422,635
  2014 LES GRANDES MARQUES DU MONDE AU GRAND PALAIS
 
1966 CITROEN DS 21 M CABRIOLET
Sold for USD$162,511
  2013 ARTCURIAL MOTORCARS À RÉTROMOBILE
 
1966 Citroën DS21 Decapotable by Henri Chapron
Chassis#: DS214350118
Sold for USD$170,000
  2013 RM Auctions - Arizona
1966 Citroen DS21 image  1966 Citroen DS21 image  
1966 Citroen DS21 Decapotable
Chassis#: 4460056
Sold for USD$87,406
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia
 
1966 Citroën DS 21 Pallas
Chassis#: 9/2/438
Sold for USD$68,238
  2010 Bonhams - Automobiles d'Exception á Rétromobile
 
1966 Citroën DS21 Decapotable
Sold for USD$216,632
  2009 Bonhams - Goodwood Revival, Chichester, Sussex
 
1966 Citroen DS 21 Cabriolet 'Palm Beach'
Chassis#: 4350023
Sold for USD$221,231
  2009 Bonhams - Automobiles d'Exception à Retromobile
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1966 Citroen DS21's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1966 Citroën DS 21 cabriolet43501322018 Artcurial : Retromobile $300,000$500,000
1966 Citroën DS21 Décapotable44600562011 Bonhams The December Sale $40,000$60,000
1966 Citroën DS 21 Majesty Saloon4.460.0042010 Bonhams Automobiles d'Exception á Rétromobile $60,000$100,000

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