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The former car of a French ambassador in
Colombo, 40,000 km only, this is one of the
only two DS23 Pallas in Sri Lanka. Both
belong to Ray.
Ray Welaratna, a classic car collector, is a
true Citroen fan: he also recently found and
purchased locally a Citroen "Clover", and
started restoring it !
A 1975 hydraulic gearbox model, this DS,
still in its original silver body, was first used
by His Excellency Pierre Anthonis, only to
be later auctioned in 1979 by the
government to a certain Abdul Latiff, after
its diplomatic duty-free registration expired
in 1978. Ray was already there, at the
auction, as well as other car enthusiast and
French speaker Emil, who eventually
managed a while later to buy it back. Then
at last, 22 years after seeing the car at the
auction, in 2001, Ray became its 5th owner.
The car is mechanically sound, basically
100% original, and is now undergoing body
and paint restoration. We look forward to
hear and see more about it in the near
future ! Cherry on the cake, Ray owns
another DS23, a 1974, manual box model,
and knows of a 1968 DS21 Pallas in the
country. Keep in touch, Ray !