Sipke van der Kooi's heart beats faster when he sees transport from the past passing by during his daily work. He is an entrepreneur who sells seafood in various places in Northeast Friesland with his fish cart. Sometimes special conversations arise with other enthusiasts.
By: Dirk de Jong
Not only about tasting the seafood, but also about the passion of classic cars. In this way contacts brought him on the track of a beautiful original Citroën GS (club) in beautiful Blue Platine that originally came to the Netherlands from Belgium in 2019.
Sipke: “For a long time I had a dormant desire to own a GS, desire to float on unsurpassed spring balls and the idiosyncratic design that characterizes this GS. The quests to find a good copy were not always successful, in most cases the GS had already lost the battle against rust. But also the fact that the GS was still missing from the collection caused an increasing desire to find a cool example in this unusual model.”
And further: “I had my mind set on the first series with the beautiful old dashboard with rotating magnifying glass as a speedometer and the 1015 cc engine with the so-called pipe alu (which indicates aluminum inlet pipes) and the taillights that flare out at a point. .”
The French Battle?
Sipke continues his story: “The only thing that needs to be paid attention to are the irregularities in the paint. Probably repainted by the Belgian owner with a French touch. It will be a total paint job.”
Dance son jus
“The decision is now: should I leave this GS from 1972 'Dans son jus' or should we give her a new coat of lacquer, which will of course make the old shine disappear. Common sense must prevail in the decision.”
The GS is very nicely lined, very comfortable. But in the years of its introduction, like many previous models of Citroën, fierce supporters and ... opponents. Citroën himself went for the distinction, in the promotion they talked about distancing themselves from the peloton, simply leading. Now that it has become a classic, it is often stared at in everyday traffic. With its air-cooled four-cylinder engine – which is practically silent – it effortlessly reaches a top of 150 km per hour.
A rising star
Sipke: “The GS is a rising star, most fans of Citroën go for a DS or a 2CV, but these have now become unaffordable. And the market of supply and demand shows that the GS is also going to increase in value. The appreciation is coming, you notice that clearly when you drive it, a lot of attention and appreciative words.”
In the end, what matters to Sipke is that he can be proud of his very nice looking, very nice GS. That he has a discernment – because of his possession – makes this article clear.
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