1964 Citroën DS19M Décapotable

For years, the DS stood unrivaled among European cars in ride quality, courtesy of Citroën’s groundbreaking hydro-pneumatic suspension system. Its enduring presence in top-tier models attests to the system’s enduring reliability. Initially powered by a 1,911cc overhead-valve engine, the DS underwent an upgrade in 1966 to a 1,985cc short-stroke unit, later expanding to 2,175cc and 2,347cc variants. Innovative additions, including swivelling headlights, fuel injection, and a five-speed gearbox, further distinguished these models.

Citroën’s lineup extended beyond the flagship DS, including models like the more affordable ID, the spacious Safari estate, and the two-door Décapotable with coachwork by Henri Chapron. Originally independent of Citroën, Chapron’s convertibles gained official endorsement, with Décapotables constructed on the robust chassis of the ID Break before final assembly by Chapron.

Henri Chapron, initially an apprentice upholsterer, rose to prominence in the automotive industry, becoming the official builder for prestigious brands like Delage and Delahaye. The Citroën DS, introduced in 1955, provided Chapron with a canvas to make a lasting impact. From 1960 to 1971, 1,365 factory convertibles, based on DS19 or DS21 engines, were produced. Additionally, Chapron independently crafted 389 more convertibles, the last ones completing assembly in the mid-1970s.

Source: Bonhams Cars