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22 Comments on "Attaining Nirvana In a Citroën DS"
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Thanks so much Thomas! If you could put a review on Amazon I would so appreciate it!
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!
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.
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
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
Puget, not ‘Pugot’, I suppose.
Thanks for catching that, Emanuel. Consider it fixed.
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
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