Dimbleby's Citroen up for auction

Dimbleby's Citroen up for auction

BBC presenter David Dimbleby is selling his 1972 Citro‘n DS21 and it could fetch more than £20,000 when it goes under the hammer.

The Question Time host bought the classic French saloon car when he found it being restored by a specialist based underneath railway arches in the London district of Battersea.

Dimbleby said he bought the car after his wife described it as the most beautiful model she had ever seen. He was persuaded further when he heard the restorer had just finished doing one up for artist Damien Hirst.

He believes the resprayed metallic grey Citro‘n was used as Idi Amin's car in the film 'The Last King of Scotland'. The car was red when Dimbleby found it and the restorer said it was the red Citroen DS21 in the film. After buying it he decided to have it restored to the original Citro‘n colours of stormy grey with red interior.

He is parting company with the car as his work commitments mean he no longer has time to drive it. He said being in the driving seat is like sitting in an armchair. Whoever buys the DS21 would be wise to protect it with a classiccar insurance policy.

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