Take a look at the fastest Citroën ID19 (read: DS) you'll probably ever see: a 1964 model with a Chevrolet LS1 V8 swap that produces over 400 horsepower - a most unusual eBay find of the day. What's more is that this particular hot rod Citroën has been driven by rockstar Alice Cooper, who will apparently provide an autographed guitar and tour photo to the auction winner, along with two tickets to his Christmas Pudding show and the opportunity to play a round of golf with him in Arizona.

As far as we can tell from the eBay Motors ad, the Citroën doesn't actually belong to Alice Cooper, but who cares when it has a custom rear-wheel-drive chassis by Art Morrison and more than enough grunt to break the rear wheels loose on command? Finally, that beautifully sleek, aerodynamic shape can be put to use at over 100 miles per hour. But it wasn't always so, which is part of the charm of this custom build.

The Citroën DS was many things - ahead of its time, innovative, comfortable, complex - yet a hot rod it was not. It was known more for its power steering and plush ride quality courtesy of its self-leveling, height-adjustable suspension than for being able to take a corner at high speeds. It had front disc brakes, but more importantly, they were the first power-assisted disc brakes on a production car. The DS even was designed to house an air-cooled flat six more than a decade before Porsche 911 started production, but in the end, Citroën had to use its antiquated four-cylinder mill instead.

So when this example's owner claims to have spent over $300,000 on upgrades, we think the money was spent in the right places. The suspension is still adjustable, but it's been totally overhauled and tuned to handle the V8's power. A four-wheel disc-brake setup by Wilwood provides much-needed stopping power. A custom interior with air conditioning and a roll cage make sure occupants are both comfortable and protected. What more could you want – besides a lower price?

The Buy It Now price is set at $115,000, and a previous auction saw spirited big-dollar bidding that failed to hit the reserve. At time of this writing, however, there are zero bids, with a minimum starting bid of $50,000 and five days left before the auction closes. Happy bidding!


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      Cameron Huntsucker
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sorry, the interior ruined it for me. DS had a gorgeous interior from factory
        King of Eldorado
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cameron Huntsucker
        True. In the early 70s I bought a '65 ID19 hi-mileage beater. I loved those sofa-like seats and the spongy-soft carpeting. I'm glad they at least kept the one-spoke steering wheel on this one.
      KO
      • 1 Year Ago
      IMO the DS was as much, if not moreso about the weird but revolutionary engineering than about its equally revolutionary looks. So I wouldn't mind the modernized looks and motor swap, but losing all the hydropneumatics (suspension, DIRAVI, assisted shifting, etc.) kills half its appeal instantly. What would've been hugely impressive is someone keeping all the hydropneumatics but updating it with modern systems and controls.
      herrstreet
      • 1 Year Ago
      I agree with Badfish. Modernizing the unreliable pieces is good. Messing with the aesthetics of a masterpiece is a little sinister. I don't know if the color is an original color but It's also much too crass for this car. Same with the wheels.
      Leather Bear
      • 1 Year Ago
      That flipping sound you hear while reading the article or looking at the photo gallery is Flaminio Bertoni (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flaminio_Bertoni) spinning in his grave.
      JaredN
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love DS, but I'm not a fan of what he did to it. Leave it stock.
      diffrunt
      • 1 Year Ago
      One hasn't "lived" until one has owned a Citroen Maserati powered SM. The engine was the fabulous racing V8 ---w/2 cyls chopped off & the same uneven firing order as the 1st Buick v6. It was a flood car , (18)" , & when i finally got it running, the skipping 8 made me so mad , I sold it online , put it on a boat to Denmark. Amazing engineering, tho, specially the 5 ft timing chain wrapped around the MIDDLE of the engine.
      SquareFour
      • 1 Year Ago
      I appreciate the work that went into this, and the sheer wackiness/gall hot-rodding a DS, but he went the standard hotrodding route here. What is a very unique project is marred--IMO--by the generic hot-rodder wheels, drivetrain and interior treatment, so it's not for me. That said, I haven't ever hotrodded a Citroen, so I can't really sit in judgement.
      TBA
      • 1 Year Ago
      This makes me want to cry quite a lot.
      Pandamasque
      • 1 Year Ago
      Any wheels that reach similar readings on the cock-o-meter to these should be illegal for use on the road.
      Nick Allain
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think messing with the suspension on this car (and therefore the powertrain) is a bit of a travesty.
        Patrick F
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Nick Allain
        I think your comment is a travesty. This thing is sweet!
      vze2h7jc
      • 1 Year Ago
      Way to ruin a perfectly awesome French car, not to mention one of the all-time classic models. Even if it wasn't in top condition to start, it surely didn't deserve this. Corvette engines are great in many cars, but this pairing is just wrong!
      aacfx09
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sweet. Things I would have done differently: keep the interior and exterior as original as possible, different wheels, and not written Citroen on the engine cover.
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