The DS is probably the most well-known and
popular model in the Citroën range. The French call it the ‘Déesse de la route’
(goddess of the road) because of its initials, DS.
When it was presented at the Paris Motor Show on 6 October 1955, it became an instant hit. Never before had so many different technologies been combined in a single model. The Citroën DS was developed by a team of engineers led by André Lefèbvre. The bodywork, spectacular for its time, was designed by the flamboyant Italian artist and sculptor Flaminio Bertoni. The hydraulic system was revolutionary.
On the first day of the show alone, over 12,000 orders were taken and during the show as a whole, around 80,000 were sold. The first deliveries were made in 1956, the year when Citroën also brought out a more affordable and simplified version, the ID. The DS achieved an honourable 3rd place at the 1999 ‘Car of the Year’ award ceremony and was named ‘the most beautiful car of all time’ by a panel of designers, at the request of the British magazine ‘Classic & Sports Car’.
From 1 June onwards, Autoworld will be presenting the various generations of the DS and the DS/ID with twelve vehicles in the temporary exhibition area.