When I became a full time employee last May, I decided it was finally time to own a car. Driving in my parents' car(s) had been problematic, mostly because they live over 1,000 km away. And having your own wheels? That's freedom.
But because I didn't actually need a car, I decided I could go for something less sensible than you normally would. I spent some times looking at different cars, until some Frenchman suggested the Citroën DS. Oh and it was love at first sight. I knew at that moment I had to get that car.
Fortunately one was for sale here in Denmark, in great condition, as the previous owner's hobby was primarily fixing up old cars. And he had just gotten an 1956 Citroën DS and a Citroën SM. So he was running out of space. He wasn't completely pleased with selling this car, but I promised him he would get the opportunity to see it again.
Funny thing is; this car is original from France (good tip by the way; don't buy vintage cars from Nordic countries as they will likely be full of rust), but was imported to Denmark in about 1999. However, at that time, the car couldn't drive. So it went from owner to owner in Denmark, trying to fix it until the previous owner did. I have no doubt in my mind that he sold it for a higher price than he bought it, but considering what he has done to it; it was worth it and quite below what you'd expect for a DS of this type in this condition.
Which was also why I had to move fast, as it had become quite sought after, due to the excellent price. Unfortunately for the others, they remained too sceptical, and thus too slow to act. Which was fortunate for me.
I immediately had a mechanic (Denmark's foremost DS expert) look at the car, and he said the car was in great condition. Minor issues included a noise gearbox and incorrect carpeting. While the main problem was the steering rack, although the seller had told me that was a problem.
Still, it needs plates (black plates) and the steering rack replaced, so it won't be until spring I get to ride it again.