Citroën DS

February 22nd, 2007

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Viva la France week continues with a shout-out to carmaker Citroën and their awesome DS sedan. The DS was an innovative ride that set the standard for modern automotive design with many high-tech features such as power steering and power disc brakes. One of the most interesting aspects of the DS was its hydraulic system providing power to the suspension and transmission, delivering an extremely pleasant ride. And even though it had an inline four cylinder engine (due to government restrictions), the DS still managed to have pretty good get up and go.

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The DS was an immediate success after its introduction in 1955. During the DS’ decade’s long production run, over 1.5 million were produced. My father had a modern turbo diesel Citroën sedan when he was living in the UK and it was totally rad…very comfortable and fast. The hydraulic suspension was kind of a trip though. It would raise and lower the car when you would come to a stop at a traffic signal, making it feel like you were driving in some South Central low-rider.

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Hey boys, you’re not going to get a girl like this driving a Hummer H2

Entry Filed under: ’60 France

3 Comments

  • 1. Brain  |  February 22nd, 2007 at 11:28 am

    My nice-but-a-bit-flakey neighbor back in Mass had one of those sedans. I remember it going up and down each time he started it or shut it down. Those cars had PADDED FLOORS!

    I like this French Week shit.

    Put up a post on the Mirage jet.

  • 2. Jesse  |  February 23rd, 2007 at 1:18 am

    My cousin had one of these. I don’t remember the bouncing, but the seats were very comfortable. They were stuffed with horse hair.

  • 3. Brian  |  February 27th, 2007 at 9:13 am

    Coolest. Car. Ever. (For reference, see Alain Delon stealing one in “Le Samourai”)


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