BUY­ING WITH CON­FI­DENCE

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - BUYING & SELLING -

CON­COURS £20k-100k+

1 BE PA­TIENT

Though many DSs have been cher­ished, true con­cours cars are very rare, and will usu­ally be found in auc­tion­eers’ cat­a­logues.

2 ORIG­I­NAL­ITY

This is cru­cial to a top DS eval­u­a­tion, and any restora­tive work needs to be top notch. Mod­i­fi­ca­tions are for­bid­den!

3 DIG­GING DEEP

The best ID19s can fetch around £20,000, while the more pow­er­ful, bet­ter equipped DS21 and DS23s are typ­i­cally £30,000 and more. Some have high-pro­file his­to­ries, which helps nudge val­ues.

GOOD £10k-20k

1 GET THE SPEC RIGHT

Many DS fans are at­tracted by kooky en­gi­neer­ing, so spec can po­larise in­ter­est more than it does for more con­ven­tional clas­sics. Don’t be too daz­zled though…

2 ROUGH VS HON­EST

A lit­tle dusty patina is no bad thing, but struc­tural and me­chan­i­cal in­tegrity is key be­cause repairs are in­tim­i­dat­ing and costly.

3 CHECK IT ALL WORKS

For the same rea­son, check that ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing works, es­pe­cially all the ride heights and fid­dly giz­mos, such as swiv­el­ling head­lights (where fit­ted).

USEABLE £5k-10k

1 SOLID BUT KNACKERED? Im­ports from out­side Europe by non-Citroën spe­cial­ists are more likely to have had weak main­te­nance. Ap­proach with cau­tion.

2 GEN­UINELY US­ABLE?

Reli­a­bil­ity isn’t im­pos­si­ble to achieve, but it does re­quire an en­thu­si­ast’s ded­i­ca­tion to de­tail. The sim­pler IDs are much eas­ier to keep on the road.

3 FLU­IDS

Check that pre­vi­ous own­ers knew the dif­fer­ence be­tween red/ green, early/late hy­draulic flu­ids. Get­ting them con­fused spells ruin.

PROJECT £2k-5k

1 FEA­SI­BIL­ITY

The hy­drop­neu­matic el­e­ments add ma­jor com­plex­ity. Some parts are rare, and spe­cial tools are needed. The DS is also quite big!

2 DO YOUR RE­SEARCH

To im­press at shows, any restora­tion will need to­tal au­then­tic­ity to orig­i­nal spec, which is com­pli­cated by the big num­ber of vari­ants built.

3 START­ING POINT

Wor­thy projects are rare, es­pe­cially in the UK. A rolling-resto of a work­ing-but-shabby car might be a bet­ter op­tion… not that there are many of these ei­ther!

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