Even after 68 years, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance can come up with something new and original. So it is with the featured marque for this year, when the world-famous concours welcomes Citroën to headline the show for the first time.
The innovative French brand will be celebrated on the 18th fairway of the Pebble Beach Golf Links, where the event will be held August 26 as the culmination of a week of collector car festivities on the Monterey Peninsula in California.
Citroën also will be featured on the poster for the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance in artwork by Barry Rowe.
The poster displays three of the custom Citroëns that will be shown at the Concours: a two-tone blue 1966 Citroën DS 21 Chapron Le Léman Coupé, one of around 24 produced and regarded as the pinnacle of Citroën custom coachwork; the green 1967 DS 21 Chapron Cabriolet d’Usine transformed to convertible specification; and a Yellow DS 19 that “exemplifies the essence of the original DS sedan,” according to a concours news release.
All three of the cars were restored by Citroën expert Vincent Crescia, who operates out of the building that once housed his father’s Citroën dealership.
France’s most-famous post-war car, the futuristic Citroën DS, debuted at the 1955 Paris Auto Show, where’s its uniquely streamlined form created a sensation and garnered 80,000 orders by the end of the week. The technical specifications of the DS also roused interest, in particular the revolutionary hydro-pneumatic suspension that created a smooth and level ride under nearly any road condition.
“Interest in Citroën among collectors has seen exponential growth in recent years, and the Concours is pleased to showcase custom coachwork Citroëns that offer the best of French technology and design,” concours chairman Sandra Button said in a news release.
The concours will host about 200 exceptional vintage vehicles on the picturesque 18th Fairway, most of them vying for prestigious awards. Other featured classes for 2018 include Motor Cars of the Raj, Rollston Coachwork, OSCA, Sporting Vintage Cars, and Tucker.
For more information about the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, visit the event website.