Archive for January, 2011

Encore! 1966 Citroen DS Wagon

January 20, 2011

Well, who knew – there are cheap running DSs out there. So I’m writing about the rarer version of this already-rare car. I used to see one of these daily when I did a paper route as a kid. It was in a similar state – clearly a driver, but showing its 20-something years, even then. And even then, I was impressed by the distinctive styling, especially considering it was a wagon. Picture wagons on the street back in the 1980s – even then, this car was amazing.

1966 Citroen DS wagon front

This is another remarkably clean example – while the paint is maybe dull, it is intact, and the body panels look to be free of rust or major dents. The front bumper looks very straight, and the car wears green and white Washington plates, which suggests it’s been there since at least 1986, if not since it was first sold. The car is for sale in Seattle, WA for $1700.

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Bon Marche – 1971 Citroen DS 21

January 16, 2011

Well, this is an unusual find for us, and a car you won’t likely see here in such shape with any regularity. You’re also not likely to see many gold cars here, but for some cars, the usual rules don’t apply. Citroens imprinted themselves on my brain a long time ago – I have vague memories of sitting in the back of what must have been a CXA Prestige when I was a little kid, probably at the Montreal Auto Show. Space age styling, huge interior and comfortable seating are what I remember, and sadly, I have yet to own a Citroen, though I’ve had the fortune to drive a couple over the years.

I found this car via an automotive mailing list I’m subscribed to. And you can see that gold just works on a DS in a way it doesn’t on most other cars. The seller’s grandfather purchased it brand new in 1971, and it’s been in the family since. From the description, it’s in fantastic shape – find it for sale in Reno, NV with an asking price of $3500.

1971 Citroen DS 21 front

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WRX Wannabe – 1974 Ford Capri

January 2, 2011

As long as people have been driving old cars, they’ve been updating them to match contemporary trends. That’s how you get 1950s sports cars in beautiful brown with shag carpet and vinyl seats. And it seems that, love it or hate it, the recent interest in “patina”, even if that means worn around the edges, we’ve started realizing that in the long run, putting shag and brown paint on your car is not worth the effort. So it’s weird when you see WRX blue on a classic car, even if it does kind of work on some of the 1970s designs. Find our car in eastern Oregon for $900.

Ford Capri right rear

That said, given this car already has what it’s got, I’d say go all out and find some 1970s wheels… gold mesh wheels so you’re going with that blue/gold theme, but keeping it period. The Rostyle wheels are actually pretty cool on this car, but once you’ve updated the paint, keeping the other stuff the same is not the greatest option. The good news is, the bolt pattern cross references to old Alfas and probably other Fords, so you’ve got a ready choice of good wheels if you can’t find one from another old Capri.

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