Sometimes, the license plate is as interesting as the car it’s attached to. The plate on this 1969 Citroen ZX DS21 spells out “Weird 2,” which could indicate there’s another oddball in the original owner’s collection with the plate “Weird 1.” Regardless, this automatic transmission-equipped DS21 here on eBay appears largely complete despite being in storage since 1989. There’s a starting bid of $6,900 and no activity at the moment.
I wish I could tell you I was an expert on these French sedans, but I actually turned to an earlier post written by fellow Barn Finds writer Jamie for some background info: it turns out this model year is a touch more desirable due to its improved hydraulic fluids. Resuscitating one of these exotic art-deco sedans isn’t necessarily a cheap undertaking, but an enthusiastic fan base for these Citroens ensures you’ll always be able to reach out to a specialist for help tracking down an obscure part or two. Most important, however, is the seller’s assertion that this Citroen has had “no rust ever!”
The injected 2.1L engine looks largely undisturbed, but how that translates to what level of refurbishment it will need is unknown. The DS cars were built for smooth, fast executive transport, and even had a successful motorsports history. Using this DS21 to its full potential could range from participating in road rallies to attending weekly show-and-shines. These DS cars are always a crowd-pleaser with its pneumatic suspension that could raise and lower the car on command. Given how low this one currently sits, I would say the suspension will be one of the more expensive projects for the next owner of this Citroen.
Unlike the similar car featured by Jamie, this DS has a very nice interior – in fact, I don’t even think it will need reupholstering. If that’s indeed the case, this is a major cost savings for the next owner. The dash shows some signs of deterioration and since it doesn’t yet run, we don’t even know if the automatic transmission will function as intended. Still, starting with a rust-free example is one of the best ways to take on a Citroen DS restoration, so hopefully “Weird 2” will be brought back to life soon.