BUYING WITH CONFIDENCE
1 BE PATIENT
Though many DSs have been cherished, true concours cars are very rare, and will usually be found in auctioneers’ catalogues.
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.
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).
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.
Check that previous owners knew the difference between red/ green, early/late hydraulic fluids. Getting them confused spells ruin.
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!