Years ago I hosted at my home in Moraga, California the monthly event of the local Citroën Club (San Francisco).

The theme was memorabilia and I asked folks to bring anything "Citroen-related" they had. Only about a dozen people came but one gentleman really played the game: He brought tons of cool things from, toys, books and so on.

I then asked him what 'real' Citroën he had, and he replied with a small smile "heaps". He told me about an ID19 '63 he'd bought new in San Francisco, but it wouldn't stop overheating so he parked it in his garage and bought a new '65 ID!

 

About 10 years after the meeting at my house I remembered our conversation and called him back. I wondered what had happened to the '63? He said it's still sitting in his garage alongside his '65 ID. I was living in Seattle but got down to SF as soon as I could and, yes, it really was a ID that was only used for 2 years. It was complete but the interior looked in really poor condition until I realized it was the glue from the headliner that had 'fallen' on the seats -- luckily he'd put thick wool blankets on the seats decades ago saving the grey cloth seats underneath. I told him I'd love to get it back on the road (I had just finished the resurrection of my DS 1956, serial number # 4086).

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I shipped it to Europe and drove it up through Germany to Stockholm, over to Southern Norway and back down to The Netherlands for the ICCCR where I met a gentleman at a parts table while both reaching for NOS Ligarex. We struck up a conversation and he was interested in checking out my USA Export ID. We quickly came to an agreement and the ID stayed in Europe.

It is hard to let exceptional cars go but it went to a great caretaker who loves 'originality' as much as I do.

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