1965 Citroën DS 19 M Decapotable

Gallery Aaldering

Gallery Aaldering is offering this Citroën DS 19 M Decapotable for sale. 

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1965 Citroën DS 19 M Decapotable

A very special car, the convertible version of the ID and DS. Five years after the introduction of the closed DS, just when everyone had recovered from the shock of this iconic car, Citroën presented the open version. Henri Chapron received the commission from Citroën to create a convertible from one of the most advanced cars of its time and the Italian Flaminio Bertoni was responsible for the design. Needless to say Flaminio succeeded brilliantly.

Just over 1,300 convertibles were built, of which around 120 in 1965. One of them was this incredibly well restored and fully authentic DS 19 M Decapotable. A car that belongs to the most exceptional DS cars we have ever driven and is also exceptionally well-preserved. Add to that the very attractive color combination, and we can quite rightfully speak of a rather unique car.

The car was previously restored to concours condition, and the accompanying (numerous) photos show that this was not a matter of ‘just a repaint’ but a thorough restoration from bare metal where no inch was overlooked, whether visible or invisible. The result is a DS that looks truly phenomenal. We can enumerate the parts such as bodywork, chrome and stainless steel parts, and rubbers separately, but it is easier to summarize it as all being ‘in top condition’.

The interior also lives up to that description, but why not discuss it separately. Beautiful leather that looks ‘almost new’ and carpets in excellent condition immediately give a good impression when you open a door. Once sitting on the exceptionally comfortable seat, you have a view of a beautiful dashboard. Partially color-coded, as early DS models should be, with beautiful, horizontally oriented, instruments. The steering wheel with only one spoke is typically DS and is just as eye-catching as everything else you see around you. Exceptional in terms of condition, perfect in terms of functionality.

The mechanical side was also completely restored to optimal condition; there is truly nothing that could hinder a pleasant or reliable ride. Chassis, brakes, steering, engine, and gearbox: driving this DS is an absolutely fantastic experience. The well-known and unparalleled flexibility of the hydraulically sprung chassis, the smooth engine, and the manual gearbox: what a pleasure!

With this formidable DS 19 M convertible, a whole load of restoration photos, many appraisal reports since the ’90s, invoices, the original purchase receipt from the first owner at Henry Chapron Carrosserie, and various documents proving the authenticity of this car are included. Truly a unique DS!

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Gallery Aaldering is a family owned business since 1975. Founder Nico Aaldering and his son Nick are responsible for operational and executive management. The company has been in Brummen since 1987 and started on the location where they currently have their second workshop and detailing shop. Nico started very small, with only three employees. People who still work for the company today. The company grew rapidly and established a name for itself based on quality. In the nineties it was time for expansions after many years of selling Alfa Romeo, then Italian cars later on followed by British cars as well. At the end of 2000 Gallery Aaldering moved to the current premises at the Arnhemsestraat in Brummen. This showroom was build according to Nico's idea and sketches and has a Neoclassical style to match the classic cars inside. During this time Nick entered the company after finishing his studies and working for different automotive companies. Gallery Aaldering expanded and gained momentum with the decades of experience offered by Nico and the bright new ideas and progressive vision offered by Nick. The collection became more diverse with an important move upwards to higher segments. Gallery Aaldering has grown to become one of the largest classic car dealers in Europe. There are about 350 classic cars on display on four floors with a Grand Café and special rooms for business meetings. As a family owned business Gallery Aaldering is proud of its history and traditions, but the future is just as important. At the heart of this all is the passion for classic automobiles. For that reason they participate in the most impressive classic car rally in the world, the Mille Miglia. A deeply rooted love for cars. You will find this in both their genes and the identity of this family owned business.