Robert M. stumbled upon this 1966 Citroen DS19 here on Reno's craigslist and thought it might be of interest to some of our readers. We have featured a number of these quirky French cars, but one of the problems DS owners here in the States face is a lack of parts. If you have the money and courage, it looks complete enough to restore, but chances are this one will be best used as a parts car to keep other Citroens on the road. Thanks Robert for the tip!
When the DS was introduced in 1955, it was one of the most advanced cars on the market. In the automotive world, advanced typically means one thing, complicated and that's exactly what the DS was. Citroen's design used hydraulic systems just about anywhere they could, such as the suspension, clutch, and transmission. Repairing these systems can be a nightmare for the inexperienced and replacement parts can be pricey. When the hydraulics are working properly though, they work beautifully and give the DS a great balance of handling and ride comfort.
The seller's asking price of $2,500 might be a tad high for a parts car, but if all the mechanical systems are intact, it might be worth making an offer. While metal and paint can handle the desert heat, high pressure hydraulic hoses tend to not do as well. We wouldn't count on many of the houses being salvageable, but we would assume most of the other important bits are fine. While we would love to see this one back on the road, it would be better to see it parted out to save other cars rather than let the whole thing go to waste. If you know about a great find we would love to see it! Whether it's a parts car, a restoration candidate, or just a great driver that you found in a field, barn, garage, or on the internet, drop us an email!