Chapron Citroën DS 21 Coupé Le Dandy 1965
In the aftermath of the Second World War, the activity at coachbuilders Henri Chapron slowed, in line with the inevitable decline of marques such as Delahaye and Delage who commissioned special bodies from them. So, the arrival of the Citroën DS was seen as a salutary opportunity. Technically sophisticated and highly comfortable, the car also had the prestige and status required for the input of a craftsman coachbuilder. Thus, from 1958, Henri Chapron offered different coupé and cabriolet versions that were given the evocative names Croisette, Concorde, Caddy, Palm Beach and Le Dandy. These cars were individually styled with a lower windscreen, and a higher level of finish than the standard DS. This included extensive chrome trim and fancier hubcaps, with an interior featuring Pullman seats in Connolly hide. At the time, the cost of a Chapron version was twice that of a standard DS.
With its low windscreen (it is reported that getting the right fit involved breaking several windscreens), this coupé looks stunning and the highly luxurious finish of a coachbuilt car adds genuine distinction. In addition, this is the first example of the DS21 version Dandy, more powerful than the DS 19, before the newer, more modern, but less elegant lights were fitted. Less than 50 examples of the Le Dandy were produced, between 1960 and 1968.
The red car is a 1962 Chapron Citroen ID19 Le Dandy Coupe.
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