Remembering the Citroën DS

Citroën was always a bit quirky

Until World War II, the French automaker enjoyed a reputation for innovative, but thoroughly mainstream, automobiles. It gave Europe its first truly affordable car, the Type A, and popularized front-wheel drive with the Traction Avant. It wasn’t until after the war that Citroen got weird and gave the world the wonderful DS.

The DS was very peculiar

The car astounded audiences at its debut in 1955 with its sleek styling, pivoting headlights, beguiling hydraulic suspension, and single-spoke steering wheel, among other things. Futuristic design proved timeless as well as lucrative: Citroën received more than 700 orders within 15 minutes of the debut, and more than 12,000 by the end of the day. It kept building the car—now an unquestioned classic—until 1975.

It looked like this

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The cabriolet also gets your attention

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And it was way ahead of its time. Wired takes the DS for a spin and talks about its innovations.

Very cool! I want one!


2 thoughts on “Remembering the Citroën DS”

  1. Citroen also brought us the great and modest (two words that rarely coincide) 2CV. We had one back in 1986 when we lived in Paris, and drove it all over creation. Best car ever. Unless you have a crash.
    Just back from Haiti, mon cher — we have solar electric at the clinic! Still working on potable water.

  2. Ah the 2CV! It was indeed — using a phrase coined by Henry Kissinger —, “the quintessence of something”. Great to have you back! Les blancs have done it again!

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