Bon Marche – 1971 Citroen DS 21

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

Just to give you an idea of why you’ll rarely see these here, most DS you’ll see run double this price or more, and so fall outside of our target market. If there are any in this price range, they’re typically runners with rusty panels and parched paint and interiors. While those are typically the “cheapest” Citroens, this one really is a great deal.

1971 Citroen DS 21 interior

It is of course possible that these pictures are flattering. This shot suggests the interior might need a bit of cleaning up… which could just mean a good weekend spent with some leather cleaner and a bunch of rags. Some details, including this leather interior, suggest the car might even be a Pallas model, which was the top trim level.

1971 Citroen DS 21 rear

Rear shot also looks clean. It’s had some work done, including new shocks (huh?), brakes, hydraulics, and headliner. The paint also has a decent amount of life in it yet – is it original? So let’s see… Reno’s about 4-5 hours from my home, I wonder if the owner would be willing to part exchange for an equally luxurious and powerful Lancia Beta sedan.

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One Response to “Bon Marche – 1971 Citroen DS 21”

  1. Roger Says:

    Already gone. Looked like a good deal. I’d trade the Rover 3500 for one!

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