'French icon' the Citroen DS rolls to £24,750 in UK classic cars sale

An iconic French rolling work of art starred in H&H's Buxton classic cars sale earlier this month (October 1).

Once named "the most beautiful car of all time" by Classic & Sports Car ahead of designers including Giugaro, Bracq and Fioravanti, the Citroen DS remains a bona fide icon.

Other accolades for the DS include coming third in the 1999 Car of the Century competition, when heads were once again turned by the marque's futuristic Flaminio Berton-designed body.

The car's exterior alone was a stunning sight back in the 1950s, but the technology beneath its surface was also worthy of note.


The 'retro-futuristic' Citroen DS 20 Super remains a icon to this day

Among the DS's features was self-levelling hydropneumatic suspension that was way ahead of its time, providing what some describe as a "magic carpet ride."

This also contributed to the car's excellent handling and first place in the Monte Carlo Rallies of both 1959 and 1966 - all the more remarkable given the modest power under its bonnet.

The DS 20 Super's Flaminio Berton bodywork is finished in white and complemented by a red draylon trim, while its coachwork, paintwork and interior "look near perfect for 38 years old" in the words of the seller.

According to H&H, this "extraordinary find" DS 20 Super was bought new by a buyer named Mr W H Whetton from Bristol Street Motors in June 1972.


The car's self-levelling hydropneumatic suspension offers a 'magic carpet ride'

It was driven by Whetton until he passed away some years ago, and was since stored in the heated garage where it has resided all its life.

Unsurprisingly, the DS 20 Super was auctioned with a great degree of sentimental value by the Whetton family, having previously been exhibited by its late owner on several occasions.

Sold with an extensive history file, just 34,000 miles on the clock from new and an MOT relevant until September 11, this stunning French classic sold for £24,750 at H&H's sale.

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