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Citroën DS
Launched at the 1955 Paris Salon as the 'DS 19',(a pun on 'Déesse', the French word for Goddess) was launched in 1955. The DS 19 had a 1911cc 4-cylinder 75bhp engine derived from the Traction Avant unit. The Traction Avant continued in production for a couple of years as a lower-price model, and in 1957 the cheaper ID 19 (a pun on 'idée', the French word for idea) followed. In 1960 the DS 19 was uprated to 83bhp, and in 1962 the front end was revised, with a cleaner nose and undertray that increased top speed and improved cooling. The Traction Avant-derived engine was pensioned off in 1965 with a new 1985cc 90bhp engine for the DS 19, and a new 2175cc 109 bhp engine for the DS 21. From 1964 external driving lamps had been available, and the famous 'sharknose' front appeared in 1967, with steerable headlamps on some models. In 1968 power was uprated to to 103bhp on the DS 19 and it was renamed 'DS 20', and at the same time power on the DS 21 went up to 115bhp. The millionth DS was manufactured in 1969 and in that year a fuel-injected 139bhp DS 21 IE was launched, and this model was upgraded to the DS 23 in 1972 with 2347cc engine. Production ended in 1975 after 1,455,000 were sold.
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Citroën DS 20 - boot badge
aa_Citroen DS LeBaron Decapotable badge
Citroën DS LeBaron Decapotable - boot badge
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Citroën DS 23 IE - boot badge
ac_Citroen DS 19 1964 head
Citroen DS19 1964. In 1962 the nose was redesigned, giving a cleaner undertray, better cooling and improved aerodynamics. The auxiliary lamps and over riders came in 1964
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Citroën DS 20.
ac_Citroen DS 23 Pallas head
Citroën DS 23 Pallas. The inner headlamps steered to show you around the corners, but these were not fitted to cars for North America
Citroen DS 19 1964 front
Citroen DS19 1964. A more aerodynamic nose was given to the DS and ID in 1962, raising the top speed by 5mph and improving ventilation.
Citroen DS 19 1964 rear
Citroen DS19 1964. The rear of the DS 19 shows the classic shape designed by Flaminio Bertoni. In fact the rear screen and side windows were only confirmed 6 months before production and a '6-light' design could have been used
Citroen DS 20 front
Citroën DS 20. André Lefèvre was an engineer, while Flaminio Bertoni was a draftsman and sculptor. The DS 20 replaced the DS 19 in 1968 and gained a 103bhp engine.
Citroen DS 20 rear
Citroën DS 20. The DS body was revised in 1967 (as the DS 19) and the DS 20 launched in 1968 carried on these revisions.
Citroen DS 23 IE front
Citroën DS 23 IE In 1973 the final DS was given a 2347cc engine that output 141bhp for the IE fuel injected version.
Citroen DS 23 IE rear
Citroën DS 23 IE. Launched in 1973 the DS 23 was the final upgrade of the 1955 DS design, and in 1975 production ended after 1,455,746 cars.
Citroen DS 23 Pallas front
Citroën DS 23 Pallas. Introduced in 1973, the DS 23 got a 2347cc 124bhp (or 141bhp in the IE fuel injected version)
Citroen DS 23 Pallas rear
Citroën DS 23 Pallas. Introduced in 1973, the DS23 was only made until 1975 and was then replaced by the CX
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Citroen DS 23 Pallas - indicator trumpets. The rear screen shape and c-pillar were only confirmed 6 months before production and could have been a 6-light design.
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Citroen DS19 1964 - lamps. The first DS 19 had round headlamps with faired in sidelamps beneath. In 1964 auxiliary lamps became optional
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Citroen DS 20. The inner headlamps steered with the wheels to light the way around corners. Reinvented for cars in 2005
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Citroen DS 20, probably the first car ever to have high mounted indicators. Such indicators are very common today, but in 1955 even indicator lamps were new.
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Citroën DS 20 - front indicators
l_Citroen DS 20 rearlamps
Citroën DS 20 - tail lights
l_Citroen DS 23 Pallas light
Citroën DS 23 Pallas - rear light
s_Citroen D Super 5 1973 side
Citroen D Super 5 1973
s_Citroen DS 20 Pallas 1974 side
Citroën DS20 Pallas 1974. In 1965 a new 1985cc engine was given to the DS19 rated at 90 bhp. This was uprated to 103 bhp in 1968 and renamed DS 20 until 1971. A DS21 model was also available from 1965 with a 2175cc engine.
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Citroën DS 23 Pallas. The DS 23 was introduced in 1973 when given the 2347cc engine. Pallas was an optional luxury pack
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Citroën DS 20
t_Citroen DS 23 Pallas tail
Citroën DS 23 Pallas. High level indicators are common today, but in 1955 lots of cars didn't even have good indicators
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Citroën DS 23 Pallas - rear wheel
Citroën DS Decapotable
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