• Desirable top-spec 1971 Citroen Goddess
• Seeker songstress Judith Durham first owner
• Rare Webasto sunroof
The lovely 1971 Citroen DS21 Pallas Sedan in which former Seekers lead singer Judith Durham and her husband Ron bought new in Paris in 1971 and then toured Europe, is crossing the block at Shannons upcoming Melbourne autumn auction on April 29.
However, the carnival seemed to be over for this sleek automotive icon when it was sold after its return to Australia.
More recently, Melbourne radio presenter and Citroen enthusiast Jon Faine wrote a ‘love lost’ ode to it, after seeing the car he had coveted for years neglected in the hands of subsequent owners.
However, another Citroen enthusiast turned fortunes around for the DS two years ago.
In his hands, the former French beauty has undergone a thorough and extensive makeover, with any rust removed when the bodyshell was stripped back before being repainted in its original Peacock Blue metallic. At the time its supple black leather upholstery was renewed with correct imported hides, while new carpets, door cards and roof lining completed the return of its interior to its former opulence.
Apart from its high profile history, a rare distinguishing feature of this DS21 Pallas is its renewed Webasto sunroof, while its 2175cc fuel-injected four-cylinder engine and its advanced hydraulically-activated four-speed semi-automatic transmission both remain in good condition.
Now, once again, this striking DS21 is in a world of its own. Beautifully presented, it is ready to use as a daily driver, on family weekend outings, or perhaps for just a Morningtown Ride with Georgie Girl!
The bad news for Citroen seekers? It won’t be going for a ‘song’. With its desirable specification and comprehensive restoration, this famous DS21 Pallas is expected to sell for $40,000 - $48,000 on April 29.
For more information on the auction contact Christophe Boribon on (03) 8588 0809, or 13 4646 (Option 5) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.