Classic Cars (UK) - - Driven -

Launched at the 1955 Paris Mo­tor Show, the Citroën DS boasted many en­gi­neer­ing ad­vances, but still used Trac­tion Avant 1911cc en­gine with the four-speed trans­mis­sion.

A more sim­ple and cheaper ID ver­sion was launched in 1957 (no hy­draulic as­sis­tance), and an es­tate ver­sion in 1958.

En­gines were up­graded to five-main-bear­ing 1985cc and 2175cc units in 1965, the same year the DS21 joined the range. The more lux­u­ri­ous Pal­las model was also in­tro­duced.

1967 Robert Opron’s re­design. Cov­ered head­lights swiv­elled with the steer­ing. Sus­pen­sion fluid changed from red to green.

In 1970, en­gines were of­fered with Bosch fuel in­jec­tion. A three-speed au­to­matic and fivespeed man­ual trans­mis­sion be­came avail­able. The 2347cc DS23 joined the range in 1973.

Pro­duc­tion ended in 1975 with nearly 1.5 mil­lion DS/IDS built.

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