Spe­cial edi­tion marks 60 years of in­no­va­tion

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORING -

YOU can only imag­ine how gob­s­macked the mo­tor­ing public must have been way back in 1955 when Citroen re­leased the now iconic DS on an un­sus­pect­ing world.

Look­ing more like it should have been in that space-age car­toon se­ries of around the same era the Jet­sons, the DS must have seemed to­tally out of this world to driv­ers more used to rum­bling around in Austin A30s and Mor­ris Mi­nors.

And as well as that su­per-stream­lined shape it con­tained equally alien fea­tures like front-wheel drive, a sin­gle spoke steer­ing wheel, hy­drop­neu­matic, self-lev­el­ling sus­pen­sion (which saw the car ‘sit down’ on the road when switched off) and head­lights that turned as you cor­nered (a fea­ture brought in on later cars).

It was also the first mass-pro­duc­tion car with disc brakes and boasted fea­tures then only found on lux­ury limos like power steer­ing and a semi-au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

Fast for­ward to 2015 and Citroen are pay­ing homage to their ground­break­ing car of 60 years ago with spe­cial edi­tions of its cur­rent DS range.

Our test car this week was the DS 5 1955 Spe­cial Edi­tion Pres­tige BlueHDi 150 S&S six-speed man­ual in a lovely Ink Blue.

Now it has to be said that Citroen are clearly try­ing to repli­cate the suc­cess Toy­ota had in cre­at­ing a lux­ury brand with Lexus (and Nissan are cur­rently at­tempt­ing with In­fin­ity) in the DS range mar­ket­ing it as a ‘DS Au­to­mo­biles’ brand with the catch­line ‘Spirit of Avant-garde’.

A quick look con­firms that there is not ac­tu­ally a Citroen badge any­where on the car. There are – telling you fuel out even fur­ther.

While not as ground break­ing as the orig­i­nal DS was all those years ago, there is no doubt the DS 5 spe­cial edi­tion is a good-look­ing, cut­ting edge mo­tor­way cruiser that can waft you along in style.

●» The DS 1955 (above) is part of a whole new brand from Citroen and, be­low, the orig­i­nal DS which started it all

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