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Chapron

Chapron

Henri Chapron was a prominent French automobile coachbuilder. His atelier, created in 1919, was located in the Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret.

Chapron began his career developing custom body designs for French luxury vehicles, like Talbot, Delage and Delahaye, in the 1940s. As France ceased building luxury vehicles of this type in the 1950s, Chapron switched his attention to the then recently launched Citroën DS with its revolutionary aerodynamic design and radical hydraulic suspension.

At first Chapron purchased these vehicles and customised them as one-off conversions. Many of these became unique convertible variants of the DS known as the "Decapotable". All told, Chapron created 389 hand-built DS convertibles. In 1961, the Citroën dealership network began distributing a standard 'usine' (factory) two door convertible. In the years 1961 to 1971, 1,365 of these vehicles were made - they are highly collectible today.

Chapron continued his one-off conversions as well. When the Citroën SM was introduced in 1970, Chapron created two new variants - the Mylord convertible (7 made) and the Opera four door sedan (8 made).

In 1968, Chapron made a special extended DS Presidential model for the government of Charles de Gaulle. Then in 1972, Chapron delivered two SM Presidential models to the government of Georges Pompidou. These gigantic 4 door convertibles were first used for the visit of Queen Elizabeth II to France and continued in use through the inauguration of Jacques Chirac in 1995.

Henri Chapron died in 1978, and the company itself survived for some time under the direction of his widow, producing some luxury versions of the Citroën CX. It ceased operations in 1985.

Henri Chapron is recognised as one of the great masters of the period, his style might a bit less flamboyant as that of Figoni or Saoutchik, but his restrained styling is considered as most beautiful. 

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Chapron Citroen DS Cabriolet 1963

Chapron Citroen DS Cabriolet 1963

  • Designer: Henry Chapron
  • Coachbuilder: Henry Chapron
  • Base car: Citroen DS
  • Nr produced: 389
Chapron Citroen SM Opera 1972

Chapron Citroen SM Opera 1972

  • Coachbuilder: Chapron
  • Base car: Citroen SM
  • Nr produced: 8
Chapron Delage D8 100 Cabriolet 1937

Chapron Delage D8 100 Cabriolet 1937

  • Coachbuilder: Chapron
  • Base car: Delage D8 100
Chapron Delage D8 120 Cabriolet 1938 -1

Chapron Delage D8 120 Cabriolet 1938 -1

  • Coachbuilder: Chapron
  • Base car: Delage D8 120 Cabriolet
Chapron Delage D8 120 Cabriolet 1939 - 2

Chapron Delage D8 120 Cabriolet 1939 - 2

  • Coachbuilder: Chapron
  • Base car: Delage D8 120 Cabriolet
Chapron Delage D8 120 Cabriolet 1939 -3

Chapron Delage D8 120 Cabriolet 1939 -3

  • Coachbuilder: Chapron
  • Base car: Delage D8 120 Cabriolet
Chapron Delage D8 85 Cabriolet 1935

Chapron Delage D8 85 Cabriolet 1935

  • Coachbuilder: Chapron
  • Base car: Delage D8 85
  • Nr produced: 1
Chapron Delahaye 135M Cabriolet 1938

Chapron Delahaye 135M Cabriolet 1938

  • Coachbuilder: Chapron
  • Base car: Delahaye 135M Cabriolet
Chapron Delahaye 135MS Cabriolet 1938

Chapron Delahaye 135MS Cabriolet 1938

  • Coachbuilder: Chapron
  • Base car: Delahaye 135MS Cabriolet
Chapron Delahaye 145 Coupe

Chapron Delahaye 145 Coupe

  • Coachbuilder: Chapron
  • Base car: Delahaye 145 Coupe
Chapron Delahaye 175S Cabriolet 1948 #815014

Chapron Delahaye 175S Cabriolet 1948 #815014

  • Designer: Henri Chapron
  • Coachbuilder: Chapron
  • Base car: Delahaye 175S
  • Nr produced: 46 to 50
Chapron Delahaye 235M Cabriolet 1951-1953

Chapron Delahaye 235M Cabriolet 1951-1953

  • Coachbuilder: Chapron
  • Base car: Delahaye 235M Cabriolet
Chapron Delahaye 235MS Cabriolet 1951-1953

Chapron Delahaye 235MS Cabriolet 1951-1953

  • Coachbuilder: Chapron
  • Base car: Delahaye 235MS Cabriolet
Chapron Delahaye 235MS Coupe 1952

Chapron Delahaye 235MS Coupe 1952

  • Coachbuilder: Chapron
  • Base car: Delahaye 235MS Coupe
Chapron Hispano Suiza H6b Cabriolet 1926

Chapron Hispano Suiza H6b Cabriolet 1926

  • Coachbuilder: Chapron
  • Base car: Hispano Suiza H6b Cabriolet
Chapron Peugeot 604 Landaulet 1978

Chapron Peugeot 604 Landaulet 1978

  • Coachbuilder: Chapron
  • Base car: Peugeot 604
  • Nr produced: 2
Chapron Salmson 2300 S Cabriolet 1955

Chapron Salmson 2300 S Cabriolet 1955

  • Coachbuilder: Chapron
  • Base car: Salmson 2300 S
Chapron Talbot Lago T26 Record Drophead Coupe 1948

Chapron Talbot Lago T26 Record Drophead Coupe 1948

  • Coachbuilder: chapron
  • Base car: Talbot Lago T26 Record
  • Nr produced: 7

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