We are pleased to offer this desirable and attractive 1972 Citroen DS21; a top-spec Pallas model finished in black over a mocha leather interior. This European-specification car is highly optioned, featuring luxurious Pallas trim, factory air conditioning, 5-speed manual gearbox and electronic fuel injection, a new feature for the 72′ model year. It was France's first car to feature EFI, second only to Mercedes-Benz in all of Europe. The system, developed by Bosch, increases output to a welcome 139 horsepower, and when mated to this car's 5-speed manual, transforms the DS into a capable Grand Tourer. This car also features the beautiful covered headlamps; a signature of Robert Opron's 1967 restyling of Bertoni's original design. The self-leveling headlamps also feature the swiveling inner driving lamps, which turned with the steering wheel to aid in cornering on dark country lanes.
Excellent cosmetics back the attractive specification. The all-black paintwork suits the shape beautifully, and it presents in fine order with deep gloss and properly-aligned panels. A few minor cracks in the finish are found on close inspection; however, they do little to detract from the impressive overall appearance. Brightwork consists of a mix of chrome and stainless pieces, appearing in excellent original condition. Some polish marks are visible on the bumpers, yet they are straight and properly aligned. The additional vents in the front bumper are unique to the cars with factory-equipped A/C. Wheels feature correct off-white paint with full stainless steel wheel covers. The 185-section tires (Vredestein Sprint Classics, in this case) are proper for the fuel injected models, which got wider tires to account for the generous boost in performance.
This car features a gorgeous, Pallas-specification interior, trimmed in mocha-colored leather on the seats and door panels. It appears the seats and panels were reupholstered somewhat recently, while the carpets are excellent, well-preserved originals. The upholstery seems very fresh, with only the slightest indications of use on the driver's seat. Seats are sublimely comfortable and softly sprung, complementing the DS's superb ride quality. Factory original controls and switches are in excellent condition, with the odometer showing just over 84,000 km or about 52,000 miles.
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