ID 19 Commerciale from 1966 (50320 Km). Colour : Bleu d'orient AC 616.
MODEL: Same engine as the DS19: 90cv (about 88bhp), 1985cc, 5 bearings. New front axle with asymmetric XAS tyres mounted on wheels with 5 studs.
Power steering is an option, identifiable as using the thinner steering wheel of the DS.
This car was one of the last with red hydraulic fluid, the green LHM was to appear the following month.
From 1960, 3 types of ID estate were available: the Familiale, the Ambulance and the Commerciale. This last version is the rarest with roughly 500 examples produced each year.
Only one trim level was available, called Luxe where the upholstery was covered in plastic. It comprised 2 bench seats, the rear one being foldable. There were no foldaway seats in the boot, just a simple hatch in their place which close a very small boot floor. The rear door was held open with a simple strut, the telescopic prop did not arrive until the following year. Like all versions of the estate, the lower part of the rear hatch opened to become a lengthened boot floor. This lower hatch had 2 registration plates so one could be visible even when the panel was lowered allowing legal driving, thus this was the only vehicle in the world with 3 registration plates.
Price at the time: 15 113 francs.
The search for an estate conserved in exceptional state was as difficult as for a cabriolet. After seeing many, I found this one in rare 'Commerciale' specification. It had belonged to a Swiss lady living in Haute-Savoie. On her death at the age of 89 years, her estate was sold by his relatives, including a mini-car and this ID commerciale. An enthusiast kept it safely between 2001 and 2009 and rarely used it.