Lot 42: 1962 Citroën DS Concorde par Chapron

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February 10, 2017
Paris, France

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Description: 1962 Citroën DS Concorde par Chapron
Carte grise française
Châssis n° 4.200.344
Numéro Chapron 7473

- Remise en état sans compter
- Exposée au Salon de Genève 1962
- Seulement 37 ou 38 exemplaires produits

Cette voiture a été livrée neuve le 13 avril 1962 par les ateliers Henri Chapron à un M. Tronchère, demeurant à La Varenne-Saint-Hilaire. Elle a été réalisée sur la base d''une DS cabriolet, qui avait été fournie à ces mêmes ateliers Chapron le 6 février de la même année. Un mois a suffi à la fabriquer, car un document Chapron mentionne "livraison promise pour Salon de Genève, 13 mars 1962". Elle a donc été exposée à Genève, sur le stand Chapron à côté d''autres modèles dont un coupé Le Dandy. Le prix de vente final était fixé à 30 334,85 francs, ce qui était particulièrement élevé: une DS berline normale valait 12 920 francs et, pour 28 000 francs, vous disposiez d''une Porsche 356 Super 90. Cette DS dotée d''une carrosserie spéciale, particulièrement élégante et dotée d''un pavillon lumineux, s''adressait donc à une clientèle triée sur le volet.
Ce coupé Concorde a été sauvé grâce aux efforts de son actuel propriétaire, un collectionneur allemand, concessionnaire Citroën et grand amateur de DS. Il s''est en effet lancé dans un processus de restauration particulièrement important, la carrosserie étant très sérieusement endommagée par la corrosion. Les photos qui ont suivi cette remise en état permettent de se faire une idée de l''ampleur des travaux qui ont nécessité le découpage des tôles rouillées et la refabrication de plusieurs panneaux avant de réassembler l''ensemble. L''intérieur a fait lui aussi l''objet d''une restauration totale, avec réfection de la sellerie, et la mécanique a bénéficié des mêmes soins détaillés. Aujourd''hui de teinte or métallisé avec toit gris, elle se présente dans un état superbe et montre toutes les particularités de cette carrosserie artisanale: baguettes chromées sur le capot et les flancs, grilles d''ailes chromées, enjoliveurs de phares spéciaux, jantes chromées à rayons, enjoliveurs de bas de caisse, inscription "DS 19" sur le coffre avec lettrage décalé, plaque " Henri Chapron ".
Particulièrement exclusives à cause de leur prix, les versions Chapron ont été produites au compte-gouttes et l''on compte, suivant les sources, 37 ou 38 exemplaires de coupés Concorde, entre 1960 et 1965. Ainsi, en plus de son élégance et de son état, cette voiture est d''une grande rareté.

Merci de noter que suite à une erreur administrative, le numéro de châssis sur la carte grise indique 420344 au lieu de 4200344.
Merci de noter que la voiture est vendue sans contrôle technique.


French title
Chassis n° 4.200.344
Chapron number 7473

- No expense spared restoration
- Exhibited at the 1962 Geneva Motor Show
- One of just 37 or 38 examples built

This car was delivered new from the Henri Chapron workshops on 13 April 1962 to a M.Tronchère who lived near Paris. It was built on the base of a DS cabriolet supplied by the very same workshops on 6 February that year. It took just one month to build, as a Chapron document states: " delivery promised for the Geneva Motor Show on 13 March 1962 ". The car was exhibited on the Chapron stand along side a range of other models that included a Le Dandy coupé. The final sale price for the DS was set at 30 334,85 francs. This was very expensive as a standard DS saloon cost 12 920 francs, and you could buy a Porsche 356 Super 90 for 28 000 francs. However, this DS had a special and very elegant body, with a particularly airy roof compartment, and was built with VIP clients in mind.
The Concorde coupé on offer has been saved thanks to the endeavours of its current owner, a German collector, Citroën dealer and huge DS enthusiast. He threw himself into a major restoration project, as the bodywork was badly corroded. Photos documenting this process reflect the scale of the work required, which including cutting out corroded areas and rebuilding several panels. The interior was completely restored and upholstery refurbished. The car received the same level of care for the mechanical. Presented today in metallic gold with grey roof, it is presented in superb condition, displaying all the special features of its handcrafted coachwork: chrome strips on the bonnet and sides, special headlight bezels, chromed wire wheels, bezels at the bottom of the body, the inscription " DS19 " in spaced lettering on the boot, and a special " Henri Chapron " plaque.
Chapron versions were exclusive for both their price and the limited production. It is believed that just 37 or 38 examples of the Concorde coupé were built between 1960 and 1965. This elegant car, presented in superb condition, is therefore extremely rare.

Please note that following an administrative error, the chassis number on the title is 420344 instead of 4200344.





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