• Feb 11th 2009 at 10:29AM
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Click above to view the 1973 Citroen DS23 Chapron convertible in high resolution

Bugattis, Ferraris, an Maseratis are commonly among the blue-chip properties at classic car auctions, but Citroens don't usually rank among the big-ticket items – especially not Seventies models – but at Bonhams' recent Retromobile auction in Paris, one rare Citroen sold for a high bid of 337,500 Euros (about $440k), assumed to be a record for the French marque. The car in question is a rare 1973 DS23, converted by coachbuilder Henri Chapron to a convertible – one of only three DS23 convertibles built, and the only one with fuel injection.

The sleek profile cut by the special drop-top DS prompted Citroen to add a convertible option to their regular catalog, selling 1365 examples over the course of some fifteen years. The sale of this original could hardly have come at a better time, as Citroen prepares to re-enter the premium segment by reviving the DS nameplate, to be previewed next month by the DS3 Inside concept at the Geneva show. Click below to view hi-res images of this unique Citroen drophead.

[Source: Bonhams via Hemmings]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 2 Years Ago
      Deze ds cabrio is geen chapron ,wel een usinne,gemaakt door chapron
      • 6 Years Ago
      Somehow the Chapron convertibles seem to be missing something... I think the roofline really completes the DS cars, especially the quirky taillamps at the upper corners of the rear window. This is a beautifully restored example, but I think I'd go for a hardtop and save about $400k.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Deze heeft de eigenschappen van een usinne gemaakt door chapron,maar is geen chapron
      • 6 Years Ago
      DS = the one that the French got right... the ONE!
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