It is hard to imagine that this beautiful Citroën DS Pallas 21 is over 50 years old. The revolutionary DS is still stunning! And Dick was certainly not the first to be affected by the Frenchman's lines, because that was also the case with the first owner.
By: Dirk de Jong
In the 70s, Duco Wiersma & Co in Leeuwarden was the main agent of Citroën† There, ophthalmologist Dr. Beintema of the Bonifatius hospital, this car is new. For him it was Citroën more than a name, the brand had a rich tradition and the DS was ahead of its time. The good service from the Citroënagent also played an important role in this. Despite its years of loving care, after a few years the rusty brown monster started to strike at the bottom and the car was sold on the advice of the MOT master. He ended up with an artist couple at the top of the coast in Friesland. It was to be a restoration project, but as so often we had to wait until there was space, there was money and until there was time to Citroën DS Pallas 21 tackle. All those things were missing, so the car was left out in the open for a long time. Of course, that's not good, so the decline progressed steadily.
Fortunately for the artists = couple, a buyer showed up who bought the Citroën DS Pallas bought 21 for parts and the beautiful interior, because the bottom was now very crispy. This lover was completely captivated by Citroën† He still wanted to make an effort to save the DS and prolong its life through a major restoration that lasted more than a year and returned the car to new condition.
A story of regret
Sometimes people do stupid things and after years of sharing love and suffering, the car was sold to Dick, with the DS going back to Leeuwarden where it once made its first kilometers at the ophthalmologist. Dick Dijkstra bought the car together with his friend Peter Jeeninga, also a man completely under the spell of Citroën† To describe all the adventures, about the many vacations and journeys in Europe, would take too long. The technique remained excellent, only the rust devil came back, also because Dick just parked the car outside because he had no available interior space.
Pitfalls in restoration
Peter withdrew because the Citroën DS Pallas 21 had to go under the 'knife' again. A matter of accuracy, of perseverance and carefully keeping an eye on the finances was the task Dick gave himself in the recovery. He had meanwhile bought another house with a heated garage so that the restoration – which took a year – was better this time.
What should not go unmentioned: The owner from whom Dick bought the DS became a true friend and the enthusiasm for Citroën gave both a lot of energy. As classic and old-timer enthusiasts, we have known for a long time that this hobby is contagious. Two adventurous and fascinating people, distinctive with their own style fascinating as Citroënlovers.
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