It took the Citroen team nearly 18 years to develop this model keeping the project absolute secret as it was meant to be the successor to the popular Traction Avant.
At the 1955 Paris Auto Show, the Citroen DS 19 with a 1.9 litre engine was launched. It is said that in the first 15 minutes they had booked over 700 cars and in the next 10 days there was booking of another 80,000 plus. It was a record that stood firm for over 60 years until as late as 2016 when Tesla's Model 3 beat that number.
The team led by Bertoni (famous automotive designer), Magès and an aeronautical engineer called Lefèbvre developed one of the most aerodynamic designs of the 20th century. Several features provided in this car were an industry first including disc brakes that is today an industry standard.
Citroen wanted to make some convertible variants and it was Henri Chapron that they looked to. Chapron who had been making custom-fitting bodies for Delage, Delahaye and Talbot had earlier created a special model (Décapotable) for Citroen that was meant to be used by the French President. So in 1958 he turned towards the DS 19 with his first creation called La Croisette Cabriolet. Exactly a year after he turned the same DS 19 into another design masterpiece called the Le Caddy. There were two other Chapron models that also rolled out during this period – DS 19 Concorde, DS 19 Palm Beach.
Finally in 1959, he created the ultimate masterpiece and it was simply breathtaking. With use of chrome strips, Connolly leather seats (the same brand that draped countless Rolls-Royce, Jaguar’s, etc.) expensive instrument holders, this car model named Chapron Le Dandy cost double the price of a conventional DS 19.
Only 50 pieces were produced during the years 1959-1972.
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic|
|- Non-opening bonnet, boot and doors|
|- Only 1500 pieces produced|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||13 x 6.5 x 6|
|Color||Red / White|