CitroŽn ĎLe Dandyí - 259

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'LE DANDY' COUPE HENRI CHAPRON BODY ON CITROňN DS CHASSIS

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This car was really frustrating when I was a kid - I had a maroon Le Dandy with a door missing, but it looked wrong, beyond the missing door.  The frustration was that I had no idea why this Corgi DS was the wrong shape. It was only when reading Alan Clarke's diaries many years later that the penny dropped and I realised that it was a coachbuilt special, because of course he had the drophead Chapron version, built to his spec, and left hand drive - just kept for his wife to use when she went abroad

I have always loved the DS and still hope one day to own a real one. I've owned two real-life Citroens -a 2CV and an XM Station Wagon and even that hasn't cured me, now we have a C1 - but that is really a Toyota so it doesn't count.

CORGI TOYS

OPENING DOORS

OPENING BOOT

TIP UP SEATS

JEWELLED LIGHTS

SPRING SUSPENSION

PLATED BUMPERS

SPOKED WHEELS

The Corgi Le Dandy was available in either maroon metallic or white over metallic blue. It was added to the range in 1966 and dropped in 1969. It is a very fine Corgi and one I have always liked. Blue and white cars tend to get a premium over maroon but this is a popular model and will always get a good price.

These usually have one or more doors missing and almost always the spotlights have gone (as on both of these). I'd really like to get a complete one. Of course the one on the left, being metallic maroon, is a bit chipped. When I spotted the blue and cream one in an 'all for a fiver' bin on a dealer's stand at the Classic Car show I thought I'd spotted a real bargain. The blue and cream one is harder to find and there it was, chipped and no tyres but with both doors and the boot still attached. It must either have been dark in the hall or I hadn't my glasses on (or both) but how on earth did I not spot the really BAD repaint?


 
 
 
 
 

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