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May 8, 2023

The Best Photos of the Citroën DS, the Classic Luxury Car Way Ahead of Its Time

The Citroën DS is a front mid-engined, front-wheel drive executive car manufactured and marketed by Citroën from 1955 to 1975, in fastback/sedan, wagon/estate, and convertible body configurations, across three series of one generation.

Marketed with a less expensive variant, the Citroën ID, the DS was known for its aerodynamic, futuristic body design; unorthodox, quirky, and innovative technology, and it set new standards in ride quality, handling, and braking, thanks to both being the first mass production car equipped with hydropneumatic suspension, as well as disc brakes. The 1967 series 3 also introduced directional headlights to a mass-produced car.

The name DS and ID are puns in the French language. “DS” is pronounced exactly like déesse, (‘goddess’), whereas “ID” is pronounced as idée (‘idea’). The DS placed third in the 1999 Car of the Century poll recognizing the world’s most influential auto designs and was named the most beautiful car of all time by Classic & Sports Car magazine.

1 comment:

  1. The DS must have looked like a spaceship from another planet when it was shown for the first time at the 1955 Paris Motor Show.




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