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Citroen DS (1955-1975)

A revolutionary design for 1955 and still avant-garde when it ceased production some twenty years later. The Citroen DS or Deesse (translates into Goddess) was introduced on the 5th October1955 at the Paris Motor Show. In the first 15 minutes of the show, 743 orders were taken, and first day orders totalled some 12,000.

One of the 20th century’s most gifted automotive designers, Flaminio Bertoni (1903-1964) was responsible for designing the bodywork of such classics as the elegant Traction Avant, supremely functional 2 CV and alluring DS 19 which became one of the major design icons of the last century and is still admired and revered by artists and designers today.

The list of technical innovations for the DS must have made it seem like a spaceship from another time, four wheel independent suspension, front wheel disc brakes, monocoque chassis, power steering, power brakes, hydraulic self-leveling suspension, even automatic headlights. There wasn't a single car on the planet with all of these features at the time.

The DS came in third in the 1999 Car of the Centurycompetition,recognizing the world's most influential car design, and was named the most beautiful car of all time by Classic & Sports Car magazine.


 

Prices for Citroen DS range from £1500 for a 'project' DS19 Safari to £14,000 for an excellent DS19 saloon and up to a massive £150,000 plus for the very rare (only 1300 odd built) DS Decapotable (Convertible)

 

Citroen DS & ID Worldwide Production Figures

Year

Number

Year

Number

1955

69

1966

99,685

1956

9,936

1967

101,986

1957

28,593

1968

81,955

1958

52,466

1969

82,265

1959

66,931

1970

103,673

1960

83,206

1971

84,341

1961

77,759

1972

92,483

1962

84,244

1973

96,990

1963

93,713

1974

40,039

1964

85,563

1975

847

1965

89,441

Estimated Total

1,456,115

Citroen DS How Many On The Road In The UK

Model

Number

Model

Number

 

ON THE ROAD

 

SORN’ED OF THE ROAD

DS 19

27

DS 19

11

DS 20

30

DS 20

12

DS 21

130

DS 21

40

DS 23

88

DS 23

57

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