On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Citroën DS, Autoworld is welcoming, in its temporary exhibition area as also in various other sections in the museum, in collaboration with the ABCC (Amicale belge des Clubs Citroën) and the Citroën & DS Belux importer, some fifteen Citroën DS and ID that left their mark in the history of this symbolic car.
The exhibition will also be displaying a whole series of explanatory panels, period documents not forgetting showcases with scale models. The visitor will able to follow the model’s evolution during the last two decades 1955-1975 and admire several special or exceptional coachworks.
This anniversary coincides with the launch, by the PSA group, of the make’s brand new DS 5 that will be on hand to welcome the visitors as from the moment they enter the museum.
Fans of science fiction films, please do not miss the DS taxi cab as featured in the film “Back to the Future” and which will be brought to light in the heart of Autoworld.
On the revolving plateau in the “Belgium at Autoworld” zone, quite logically a DS built in the factory based at Forest in Belgium will take centre stage.
As for the temporary exhibition zone, five or six cars will be on show, of which:
- an ID 19 with orange /white roof 1958,- an ID in black/white roof 1962 “in original condition”,
- a DS 21 Chapron Majesty 1966 in midnight blue/ silver coloured roof,
- a DS "1st owner” with … 840.000kms on the clock and still used on a daily basisas also many other surprises…
On the competition front, aficionados will take a delight in admiring
- a competition DS “Tour of Chamonix” in an orange livery (on loan from the Citroën Conservatoire)
- a blue DS 21 Rallye de Monte-Carlo 1968 replica (on loan from a private collector).
The DS, the most mythical of all Citroën cars
Undoubtedly the DS is the most legendary and mythical of all Citroën cars. The pronunciation of its initials reflects its reputation of being the “goddess of the road”. When it was revealed on the 6th October 1955, at the Paris Car Show, the result was just quite out of this world. Never before had anyone been able to incorporate such technology into one single model.
The Citroën DS was developed by a team of engineers, headed up by André Lefèbvre and its spectacular coachwork for those days, was all down to the flamboyant Italian artist and sculptor Flaminio Bertoni. Its hydraulic system was quite revolutionary. As from the Show’s opening day no less than 12,000 orders were placed and some 80,000 were sold during the entire Car Show. In 1957, Citroën introduced a more affordable and simplified model, the ID. The ID/DS was available in different versions: saloon, estate and cabriolet. Various coachbuilders built ambulances based on the ‘estate’ version. Henri Chapron, who designed the cabriolet as also the ‘prestige’ for Citroën, also produced various coupés and cabriolets under his own name.
In 1999, the DS was awarded a very honourable 3rd place in the ” Car of the 20th Century” vote and was also voted as being the ”most beautiful car of all times” by a panel of designers upon request of the British magazine “Classic & Sports Cars”.
“DS Parade”: Sunday 14th June 2015
On Sunday, 14th June at 11.30hrs, the DS PARADE, comprised out of both historic and actual DS versions will leave from the DS STORE in Drogenbos and follow a route of some 30 km that will lead them through the more lively areas of Brussels prior to reaching and gathering at the Autoworld museum on the Esplanade du Cinquantenaire around 12.30hrs (registrations before Friday 5th June on the site http://www.ds-parade.be) for a visit to the” 60 YEARS CITROEN DS” exhibition.
For more detailed info please contact the museum
Parc du Cinquantenaire 11
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