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Alerte Générale Bonhams, Paris, France 6 February
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The French military certainly knew how to travel in style. This beautiful 1959 Citroën DS Prestige originally served as an attaché’s official car in Rome. Only 350 Prestige models were built by Chapron, and it’s thought that this is the earliest of around 60 survivors. The Prestige was the most luxurious of all the Ds, and this is the only one known to have been bought by the French Army. We all know the importance of looking good in Italy…
After its military service it was sold into private hands, and passed between various Citroën collectors in France.
It’s now owned by a UK-based DS expert and a minor restoration was carried out in 2019. It received a rebuilt gearbox, a new clutch, overhauled brakes and many other bits. Safeguarding this Citroën’s uniqueness was a priority, but the original bonnet – which features its military number painted on the underside – is not fitted. It is included in the sale, however. This DS is difficult to value, but the estimate is €60,000-90,000. bonhams.com
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