Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Citroën DS to Celebrate Its 60th Anniversary at the London Classic Car Show

With its space age design, the Citroën DS has won many 
admirers over the past 60 years.
Photo courtesy London Classic Car Show
Further to my post of yesterday, one of the cars to be at the upcoming London Classic Car Show is the Citroën DS (which sounds like the French word for goddess). Seems at the time it was revealed, at the 1955 Paris Motor Show, it was state-of-the-art, with front-wheel drive, hydraulics, and a fibreglass roof. It must have made a sensation, because the press release says “some 743 orders were taken in the first 15 minutes of the show opening and by the end of the first day that total had risen to an incredible 12,000.”

The DS which will be at the London Show is the one that was at that 1955 Paris show, and will be accompanied by various other DS and ID Citroëns. Not coincidentally, it will also be accompanied by a new DS (not Citroën, which is now a separate brand), making its UK debut. I somehow doubt it will look anything like the old one. Pity. I love the European cars from the ‘50s.

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