Flying Saucer: 1971 Citroen DS20 Station Wagon – Sold!

Jan 2020 | Classifinds, Wagon Wednesday

Update: This one got away, but if you have your heart set on something similar, email us the details of what you’re looking for or call Rudy directly at (908)295-7330

Citroen DS sedans from the early 1970s are a rare sight on American roads.  Even more, scarce are DS20 station wagons such as the example we found listed on Craigslist near Manassas, Virginia where the private seller is currently asking $39,000.  Researching the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the seller is a bit optimistic with a price that’s $600 higher than the #1 “Concours” estimate of $38,400.  

Love it or hate, the French Citroën DS was a front-wheel-drive engineering masterpiece built from 1955 through 1975 across three generations in four-door, station wagon, and even convertible versions.  While its distinctive aerodynamic, futuristic body design earned it the nickname “space ship”, the innovative hydropneumatic suspension combined with disc brakes (the first mass-produced car to use them), helped the DS set new standards in ride quality, handling, and braking.

Despite its popularity in Europe, it didn’t sell well in North America. While promoted as a luxury car, it did not have the basic features that American buyers expected to find on such a vehicle, such as an automatic transmission, air conditioning, power windows, or a powerful engine.  Designed specifically to address the French market, the dare-to-be-different DS was really out-of-touch with most American tastes.

Further harming the DS’ prospects on the other side of the Atlantic was an inadequate supply of parts for the vehicle.  As a result of the insufficient supply of replacement parts, an inability to compete with bigger and more luxurious cars sold for the same price, and simply having not been designed for the North American market, sales for the DS were mediocre on the North American market, ultimately reaching a total of 38,000.

We like this example the owner imported from the Netherlands several years ago features a newer repaint and claims it’s a fully sorted example.  With the advent of the internet, parts availability is not the concern it once was.  If you dare to be different and have an appreciation for innovative engineering, this DS may be a good fit for your tastes.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1971 CITROEN DS20 WAGON. ONLY 71700 KM OR 47K MILES. IMPORTED FROM THE NETHERLANDS SEVERAL YEARS AGO, FREIGHT WAS IN SEALED SEA CONTAINER. ALWAYS GARAGED-NOT A HINT OF RUST. .5 SPEED TRANSMISSION. PAINTED SEVERAL YEARS AGO. RARE LUGGAGE RACK. FULLY SORTED OUT. RECENT CLUTCH & PRESSURE PLATE. REAR JUMP SEATS. CONVERTED TO ELECTRONIC IGNITION. FULLY TAGGED AND INSURED IN VA. CAR IS LOCATED 20 MILES WEST OF D.C. IN NORTHERN VA

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