Albion Motorcars came across a sound but neglected Citroën DS23 i.e. Pallas, and decided to give this beautiful and iconic saloon a new life.
It took a year to bring this car back to new condition, but it was definitely worth it. The project started at the end of 2018, and almost one year later the result is absolutely stunning. The car is finished in Gris Nacré Métalissé (AC095) in combination with “Cuir Tabac”, a Pallas only colour combination and probably the most glamourous choice for a DS from the last series. It is just as it left the Quai de Javel in 1974, only slightly better….
This Citroën has been stripped to the last bolt, and completely rebuilt as a brand new car. It’s like it just left the factory, and it drives exactly as one may expect. The matching nrs engine and 5-speed gearbox are completely overhauled, and the suspension and brake system as well. Driving this DS is a revelation : it floats over good and bad roads without any drama, and the seats are as comfortable as an expensive gentlemen’s club.. As the DS is a real design icon, it looks even more fantastic in todays traffic then it did in the seventies. Inside, every single button feels like it is just manufactured, and the beautiful leather suits this French limousine really well. The powerful 2347 ccm engine with electronical injection offers 141 bhp, and that really makes a difference compared to lesser DS versions.
If you want the ultimate DS in the best specification and with the most powerful engine, then this is the car you need. Not a cheap example, but restoring one to this condition will cost much more, and then you still need to find a decent donor car. It was an iconic motorcar in the sixties and seventies, and it still is one today. Follow your heart, and book your testdrive: it won’t be a disappointment.
Report by albionmotorcars.com