This great looking “parts car” is a 1969 Citroen DS21 and it’s in Clear Spring, Maryland. It’s on Craigslist for what seems like a very reasonable price of $1,800 or offer! If anyone has a DS that they’re restoring, this car will probably be a great help for not much money. Thanks to Jonathan W for tracking down this great find!
This car looks far, far too good to me to just be a parts car, does anyone else see potential here? It’s being sold without a title so maybe that’s why? Or, maybe it’s so heavily rusted out underneath that it’s not salvageable. I could be way off base here but it seems like every view of this car has $1,800+ worth of parts on it. It’s being sold by a repair shop for the owner who is overseas. DS is pronounced Déesse” in France and it means goddess. I can’t tell if this car has the swiveling inner headlight, and shouldn’t there be glass covers over these headlights?
The body on this car looks great, straight, and fit for a potentate. Well, you can see a wrinkled RF door in this photo, but other than that this car looks laser straight to me, and I don’t even see surface rust anywhere but on the rims. The Citroen DS was made for two decades starting in 1955 and it’s a love-it-or-hate-it car with almost everyone. Guess which camp I’m in? Citroen had a model called the “ID” from 1957-1969 which shared a body with the DS but was a more inexpensive car with a cheaper interior, no power steering, a bit less power, and manual transmission, among other things. It was meant to fill a void left by the loss of a more affordable vehicle, with the DS being 65% more expensive than the Traction Avant which it replaced. At the time, France was still recovering from WWII and cheaper transportation was needed by many people.
Even the interior on this car looks great to me, at least as far as being mostly complete and it looks like most of it could be cleaned up and reused. I could only dream about having a “parts car” this unbelievably complete and preserved if I were restoring a DS! Sure, the seats are pretty rough, but those could be reupholstered, it’s not like the material is Dragon vinyl from a ’53 Kaiser Manhattan or some intricate, embossed, woven brocade-like fabric from a ’64 Isuzu Bellel.
This is a 2.1L 132.7 cubic-inch inline-four, hence the DS21 moniker. Even the engine compartment looks better than most that I’ve seen in ads. I couldn’t imagine tearing into this one and trying to figure out what it needs, but I guess that’s what the seller (the shop) is for, or what they were for. Have any of you ever owned or driven a Citroen DS? What do you think of the price on this one, it seems like there are more than $1,800 in parts here to me.