Here’s a run­down of the most im­por­tant cars in Citroen’s early hy­dro-his­tory.

Practical Classics (UK) - - CLASSIC WORLD -

15-6H (1954) Fit­ted with full hy­drop­neu­matic sus­pen­sion to the rear, this last-of-the-line Trac­tion Avant model was a test-bed ve­hi­cle for the DS of 1955.

DS (1955) Light­weight pan­els hung on a mono­coque struc­ture, FWD and ‘in­tel­li­gent’ sus­pen­sion with feath­erlight steer­ing, clutch, gearchange and brakes.

GS/A (1970) In a world of cart sprung fam­ily cars, GS/A of­fered aero­dy­nam­ics, disc brakes all-round and smooth flat-four air cooled power. Pro­duced un­til 1986.

SM (1970) Citroën snapped up Maserati in 1968 and this was the re­sult. Peu­geot took over and killed it in ‘75, Citroën go­ing bank­rupt having over­spent on tech. CX (1974) De­vel­oped en­tirely in the wind tun­nel, the CX com­bined FWD and trans­verse en­gine with ground­break­ing er­gonomic dash and speed sen­si­tive steer­ing.

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