THE CITROËN DS


I'm really not a car person. But there are a few vintage cars that get my blood flowing and one of them is the Citroën DS.


The DS was manufactured between 1955 and 1975. It was designed by Italian industrial designer Flaminio Bertoni and is known for its futuristic body. The price tag for the DS was relatively high for the average Frenchman in post WWII, so a cheaper submodel was introduced in 1957 called the ID.


The DS was a hit in Europe, but it was a bit radical and odd for American tastes. Once imported, the price tag was similar to a Cadillac and other luxury cars of the era. However, the DS didn't have what Americans of the time considered luxurious, such as air conditioning, power windows, automatic transmission, etc. Also, the basic look of the DS didn't change from year to year, which Americans tended to see as stale. Only 38,000 were sold in the US between 1956 and 1972.


Wouldn't it be great to have one of these today! They're so cool and trés French! Expect to pay $3,200 for a fixer upper to $24,000+ for restored model... not bad!

Thanks to Southsiders and Retro to Go for info.

6 comments:

  1. oooh i LOVE the DS!!! My father had a white one and he was heartbroken when he had to part with her! DS it's one of my best memories! :) It's sometimes very cool to be french! :)

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  2. @lili... ooo, that's great! i am so jealous!

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  3. Simon Baker's character Patrick Jane drives a blue one in The Mentalist. Suits his character a lot as do his 3 piece suits!

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  4. @Rueby... The car has a definite "look" which suits people who are quirky, for sure!

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  5. Drooooling...and for only $24000 restored model, totally reasonable. MINE!

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  6. @dabito... yes, i think i will be saving up for a new/old car!!!

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