by Mike –
The Citroën DS has an aerodynamic, futuristic body style and uses interesting, innovative technology. The Citroën DS set new standards in ride quality, handling, and braking and was the first production car with disc brakes. It has front wheel drive and the engine in the front.
The example shown here is a 1969 DS21 Pallas.
I think it still looks like the car of the future even after all these years.
The Citroën DS has a hydro-pneumatic suspension including an automatic leveling system and variable ground clearance, developed by Citroën engineer Paul Magès. This suspension helped the DS on the poor roads common in France at the time. Hydraulics were used in the suspension, clutch and transmission functions.
Italian designer Flaminio Bertoni and French aeronautical engineer André Lefèbvre styled and engineered the car.
The Citroën DS was successful in rallying where it won the Monte Carlo Rally twice.
There were 1,455,746 DS examples made from 1955 to 1975 including all the body styles: 4-door sedan, 5-door Safari station wagon and 2-door convertible.
1,911 cc (116.6 cu in) I4 (DS/ID 19)
1,985 cc (121.1 cu in) I4 (DS 20)
2,175 cc (132.7 cu in) I4 (DS 21)
2,347 cc (143.2 cu in) I4 (DS 23)
The Hagerty Price Guide lists a condition 1 at $54,600 and a condition 2 at $30,600. They also wrote this is their summary,
The key to owning any DS is having a skilled mechanic to work on it; one with knowledge, connections, and special tools. In mid-1969 the brake fluid that worked the suspension (and attracted moisture) was replaced by the so-called “green fluid” which is oil-based and not as corrosive. Also, cars built between 1969 and 1972 have the four covered headlight system, in which the inside lights turn with the wheels and all are self-leveling. The later the car the better, but avoid the automatic transmission, which was never sold in the U.S, if possible. Horsepower more than doubled from 63 hp in 1956 to 141 hp by 1972, and later cars can be found with five-speeds and air conditioning, particularly the Pallas models.
They are not rare and one could easily spend more money fixing one up than it would be worth afterwards. It is however, tempting.
Let us know what you think in the Comments.
Photos by Mike Gulett from the Carmel Concours-on-the-Avenue, 2011.