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DS Safari Estate Break ID21F SOLD (1967)
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A very rare, French built 1967 DS Safari which spent 42 years in Africa. Imported to the UK by me, professionally repainted, tested and now for sale in excellent working order.
The 1967 DS.
The 1967 model is unique in so far as it has the ‘frog eye’ style front wings of the earlier cars with the green LHM hydraulic system of all the post 1967 DS’ which is much more reliable than the pre-67 ‘red fluid’ cars.
This car is the ID21F which has the two small seats in the rear. It’s powered by the 2.1 litre engine driven by a manual 4 speed gearbox.
It has never had a tow-bar fitted although I do have one if required.
History of this DS Safari
The car was imported new to Kenya in 1967 by Sir David Duncan who was part of the Mackintosh Toffee family. He is most well-known for building a Scottish style hunting lodge near Nairobi which is now a Giraffe sanctuary called the Giraffe Manor. I’m sure the DS Safari was very competent in these conditions.
During the early 1970’s Sir David Duncan relocated to South Africa where he used the local Citroen Specialist, Auto Technical Services in Cape Town to service and maintain the Safari. In 1995 the Safari then passed into the hands Mr Kirt Wittig who owned and ran Auto Technical Services where it was stored with minimal usage until 2003. The Safari had done 43,000 miles by 1995. In 2003 Mr Wittig then took the Safari out of storage for light use until he sold it to the third owner, Mr Fourie on 19th December 2007, the car showed 53,000 miles at this time.
I bought the car from Mr Fourie following extensive conversations and email with both him, the second owner and the second owner’s wife! I had the car inspected by an “independent” South African classic car dealer who helped me with the export process and I took delivery at Tilbury docks on December 29th 2009.
The Safari has been professionally repainted in the correct Blanc Carrera with the two tone grey roof. The front seats have been reupholstered, the roof lining has been replaced with new ‘old stock’ material and some minor mechanical work has been completed by Citroen Classics or Staines. I’ve also had rear seatbelts fitted so it can carry 4 in relative safety.
The Safari has also been extensively treated with Dinitrol cavity wax.
It is fitted with 5 Michelin XAS tyres, new in 2010.
Usage in my ownership
I bought the Safari with 63,934 miles on the clock and it’s now reading 67, 570. We took it on a family holiday to Bordeaux in June 2010 and to southern Ireland in June 2011.
It’s actually an amazingly practical family car and as you’d expect is happy to be loaded up with people and holiday paraphernalia. It certainly opens doors and starts conversations wherever you go.
Since I’ve owned the Safari it’s been totally reliable and has averaged 28 mpg.
The complete lack of all rust is what appealed to me about this car. Having seen what a DS Safari can look like from the various DS Restoration sites I certainly would not consider the expense of buying and restoring a Safari that has spent it’s time living in the UK unless it’s been fanatically rust proofed, which some have, but it’s rare.
I’m now selling this as I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy it with my young family on two very memorable trips. Part of the purchasing negotiation was that it would be sold in the not too distant future. I still have a Westfield XI that needs some TLC so I can focus some time and money on that.
The car is currently SORN and will be sold with a new MOT.