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Attaining Nirvana In a Citroën DS

February 20, 2015
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Daniele Monti
Daniele Monti

I owned three of these gems back in the 80s’ when I lived in Italy.
What a great piece of design and engineering. I wish I kept at least one of them.
Enjoy it!!

Jan Snider
Jan Snider
I love the DS/ID Citröen. The engineering in this vehicle rivals anything on the market today. And when you think that Citröen built this car for twenty years it mind boggling. No, it does not have a computer. No, it will not do 0 to 60 in 4 seconds. But, that is not what this car is about. Citröen made this to ride smooth and travel at 80+mph for hours on end. The first time I saw one was 1968 and I wrote to Citröen for more information. I still have the engineering that shows at least 50 different things… Read more »
Joe Average
Joe Average

This was the best part of moving to Europe and later – getting the Internet in the mid-90s here – all the weird, glorious cars out there that we Americans had no clue about. The trip and the internet gave us the opportunity to learn that there were more than muscle cars out there.

Where I live it is all about the American and Japanese brands. French and Italian cars were about as rare as little green men from Mars.

Matt C
Matt C
I have always loved these cars. I remember seeing one being driven near my hometown as a child and asking my father, “what is that?” My father’s taste in cars had always been US centric and he said something to the order of , “…I have not idea…” I also started (probably like many of you) developing a taste for cars by wrenching on my own, perusing auto magazines, and attending nearby car shows (ironically, the ones near me are still very much US muscle car centric, but I gravitate to the oddball Euro or Japanese offering). It is as… Read more »
John King
John King

I love these cars and in fact owned an old ID19, the Ds’s cheaper, somewhat simpler sibling back in the early 70s. As revolutionary as the hydropneumatic suspension was and considering how much everyone loves the incomparable ride quality, I’ve always wondered why no other manufacturer ever duplicated it. Yes, there are cars and trucks with air suspension and adjustable ground clearance, but truly nothing I’ve ever driven rode as softly as these Citroens while maintaining reasonable sharp handling.

Rene Borggreve
Rene Borggreve

What a beautyful car. 60 years after it’s introduction it’s still stunning. In a interview with Yves Bonnefont(chairman of DS) in a dutch magazine about Citroen I’ve read that PSA is planning to introduce the present DS brand in the US. So there is hope for you in the US!

ryan kramer
ryan kramer

Hipster car, this is not a groundbreaking engineering machine, a F-40, an m3 or s-class Mercedes has much more character and history involved with it.

Vincent Ingram
Vincent Ingram
You don’t think that redefining standard production engineering tolerances from 3/1000 to 1/1000 ground breaking enough? Or deliberately designing the car for low centre of gravity and low drag co-efficient in a wind tunnel ground breaking enough? Maybe being the first to make monocoque chassis on a production is just so much meh. Remember this is a car designed in the late forties, early fifty’s. My 1973 model uses fibre-optics for one component (very basically I admit – but still!). Who invented crumple zones for passenger safety? Not ground breaking enough really, when you think about it. Have you compared… Read more »
Patrick Peters
Patrick Peters

Ryan, groundbreaking engineering or HP is not the same as character and history. This car has has buckets full of character ánd history, its a time machine on wheels!

Thomas maine
Thomas maine

Beautiful clip about one of my favorite cars. Thanks to the owner for sharing and thanks to Petrolicious for making my day. @ Greg Long: I purchased your book because of the Petrolicious review. I tremendously enjoyed reading it and I can highly recommend it. Would like to read a bit more about Tanner and Mr. Bryant and yes about Citroen. Hope there is more to come one day.

Greg Long
Greg Long

Thanks so much Thomas! If you could put a review on Amazon I would so appreciate it!

Best, Greg

Dennis White
Dennis White

I’ll never forget at age 11 in 1962 seeing and riding in my Belgian uncle’s DS. A car from outer space made by aliens! The most amazing ride. Just the coolest!

Wayne Mattson
Wayne Mattson

were with their hydro-pneumatic suspension, etc.

I wish manufacturers were as willing to take chances now as Citroen was back then.

I have to agree with Martin James on this one.

Wayne Mattson
Wayne Mattson

The DS is such a cool car. I remember the first time I saw one of these back in 1972. The new minister at our church owned one and it was like seeing the future of the automobile. I also distinctly remember my father talking about how thoroughly modern they

Matthieu Rousselot
Matthieu Rousselot
Congratulations to Petrolicious for this video and Jeff for his car. I’m French and I’m used to see Citroën DSs on French roads. But I’m very impressed to see American people get interest for French Cars. For us, we cannot imagine French car brands like Citroën are known In USA ! The DS is very important for French people. Of course, that’s an amazing machine but, that’s more like an icon for us. This car saved the French president Charles de Gaulles in “The Petit Clamart attack” in 1962 and we can see a flying DS in the French classic… Read more »
Martin James
Martin James
As cynical and critical as I’m capable of being .. credit is due when credit is deserved . And this video most certainly deserves it ! Primarily because first and foremost it is entirely devoid of all the posturing , holier than thou attitudes , superiority complexes , overly romanticized ideologies etc found amongst far too many classic car enthusiasts as well as in more than a few of the articles/videos that have appeared here of late . Its about a man … who admits to his iconoclastic and eccentric tastes [ brought on by his involvement in the music… Read more »
Greg Long
Greg Long

Another beautiful video — of a wonderful car.

And, should you like DS’s, you’ll certainly like my new book FOUND. Petrolicious did a wonderful review here on their site… http://www.petrolicious.com/book-review-found

Frank Anigbo
Frank Anigbo
I first noticed the DS for the wrong reason. When I was a boy, a certain eccentric doctor lived just above my family’s apartment and owned one of these which he parked in the driveway just beneath his bedroom window. Well, he often woke up in the middle of the night to relieve himself. I suppose it must have been terribly inconvenient to make the trip to the bathroom so he’d open his window and… water the car from above, which in turn always woke me up because my open bedroom window was situated right next to his DS. It… Read more »
Emanuel Costa
Emanuel Costa

Puget, not ‘Pugot’, I suppose.

Aaron McKenzie
Aaron McKenzie

Thanks for catching that, Emanuel. Consider it fixed.

Martin James
Martin James

Fact is the DS still makes some 90\% of whats being made today look ancient and out of date by comparison . Sad that Citroen has never seen fit to re-release the DS with all the good stuff intact while updating that which needs it . My guess is if they did they’d knock one outta the ball park … as well as one into my garage

Martin James
Martin James
… in addition… great car … excellent video … an enjoyable , heartfelt [ and feels like and honest one ] story … here’s hoping he remains true to his current ideals … as well as …. Tube electronics +1 But err … every serious GearHead worth his or her 10W40 knows about DS’s … what they’re capable of [ when well maintained ] etc . Heck … a friend over London way even has an SM he uses daily . It just takes the right car and the right people taking care of the complicated and lovable little beasts… Read more »
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