Evaluation: Older restoration | Ordered new from Chapron for a French architect. Lightly restored in 2000. Cosmetically freshened more recently. No inspection report from RM. Light wrinkling on the seats and a large tear on one side of the driver’s seat. Small wrinkle on the glove-box door as well as lightly worn switchgear, but the interior looks quite good—just never fully restored. Dry weather stripping. Tidy engine bay and underbody with light grime and age from use. Dull exterior trim with a few dings and deplating in spots. One door doesn’t fit flush with the body. Not a show car, but a reasonably well-cared-for piece of unique French coachbuilt magnificence. Located in Indiana.
Bottom Line: This Chapron-bodied DS went to Quail Lodge last year and was a $140,000 no-sale. Expectations reflected in the $175K–$225K presale estimate remained unchanged in the past 12 months, but the result here—only $5000 higher than a year ago, excluding fees—is rational considering the car’s age and wear. The price isn’t far off what a standard Chapron-bodied DS convertible in this condition would expect to bring.