Mullin Citroën triumphs at Valletta Concours
Peter Mullin’s Chapron-bodied Citroën DS has taken top honours at the 2018 Valletta Concours. Here’s why
The 1960 Citroën ID19 Le Paris owned by the Mullin Automotive Museum has won the prestigious title of Best in Show at Valletta Concours d'Elegance.
The second annual event, which this year took place in the baroque city of Valletta, Malta, thrilled attendees with a showcase of rare vehicles within the walls of the historic St. George’s Square. Exhibits included pristine examples of the likes of Jaguar’s E-type, Ford’s Mustang, Aston Martin’s DBS and Renualt’s Dauphine, amid lashings of Alfa Romeos and MGs, to name but a few!
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Selected as the best representative of the ethos promoted by the event in regards to history, presentation, elegance and condition, the Mullin Citroën is one of only three remaining examples from an exclusive production run of just nine original specimens. However, it is the only survivor to retain its original ID chassis.
Peter and Merle Mullin sought custody of the car in 2016, and fast-tracked a full, two-year restoration. One of the trickiest jobs was applying the new paint onto the car’s original Andalusia burgundy red exterior.
‘I’ve always been intrigued by Citroën’s dramatic, avant-garde design and unparalleled engineering,’ explained Peter, founder and CEO of the Mullin Automotive Museum.
‘I’m honoured to have shared my fascination for this extraordinary automaker in Malta over the weekend. I’m even more thrilled that this car’s unique design and history were recognised as the very best among such beautiful vintage cars from all over the world.’
French Art Deco-period coachbuilder Henri Chapron crafted the Citroën Le Paris during 1958, following on from his success with the La Croisette cabriolet. A hard-top version of the La Croisette, Chapron’s Le Paris never found the same popularity as its soft-top stablemate. Although both hand-built DS variants were well received by the public, it was the La Croisette that Citroën opted to push into full scale production.
The model was renamed the ‘Usine’, and once Citroën had started production manufacture of the Le Paris and La Croisette ceased altogether. Not that this action diminished the vehicle’s popularity, as these Chapron-infused DS vehicles remain highly coveted and sought after by collectors.
The Mullin DS will now return to the museum collection, nestling back in with several notable examples of Citroën’s iconic styling and inimitable engineering. Meanwhile, for the first time ever, the legendary French automaker will grace the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance as a featured marque.
You can find out more information about the winning Citroën and the Mullin Automotive Museum’s other exhibits on the official museum website.
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