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
The cabriolet also gets your attention
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!