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Citroën set as featured marque for Pebble Beach Concours in August


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, Citroën set as featured marque for Pebble Beach Concours in August, ClassicCars.com Journal
A coachbuilt DS convertible | Citroën

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.

The Citroen DS19 was introduced to the public in 1955 | Citroen
The Citroen DS19 was introduced to the public in 1955 | Citroen

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.

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.


  1. i am interested to purchase a ds citroen convetable . if you have one for sale or you know someone have one to sale . please email me thank you. sam


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